Dave Thompson

Race AFSP 2018

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Welcome to my fundraising page! I'm honored to be running the 2018 Chicago Marathon on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) team, in memory of my sister.  Please join me in remembering Katherine and honoring anyone else lost to suicide, by supporting AFSP and donating whatever you can right away.

I lost my only sister, Katherine, at the age of 37, to suicide, on March 26, 2012. Devastating. Life-changing. We didn't see it coming, but hindsight is a slippery slope. My sister was an amazing person that lived with Crohn's Disease, and kept her daily battles with depression and anxiety masked from so many of us. I would do anything to get her back. But I can't. What I CAN do is live my life proudly in her honor and make it my mission to share my story, give others hope, and see the beauty in today. I am a better person because of my sister, and she continues to teach me so much.

I am running and raising funds to save lives. I'm running to create awareness to suicide. I'm running to fight stigma and the labeling associated with suicide and mental illness. I'm running because YOU matter. I humbly ask for your help, support, and encouragement.

My goal is to raise $6,000 for AFSP. I hope I far exceed that. This money will help AFSP continue to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The money I raise will help AFSP fund scientific research, educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention, promote policies and legislation that impact suicide, and support survivors of suicide loss and people at risk.. My dream is to touch many, many lives. I ask you to be one of those people and to share this message with all those around you. Please help me support this worthy cause. I'd love comments and encouragement on my blog pages, please share or like them on Facebook and elsewhere and follow me. More of my thoughts on suicide, mental illness, dreaming, and living life for today can be found here: www.dreamydream.com. We're all in this crazy life together. Thank you.

My father was in the Air Force for more than 20 years, I was a firefighter for 10 years, and I was part of a local Critical Incident Stress Management team supporting law enforcement, firefighters, and paramedics. I also run in honor and support of all of these groups due to their increased risk levels for suicide and mental health issues.

Any contribution will help the work of AFSP and all donations are 100% tax deductible.  Donating online is safe and easy.  To make an online donation please click the "Donate Now" button at the top of this page. For more information, please visit https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-illinois/.

I will spend this summer training for the Chicago Marathon and running its 26.2 miles for the AFSP. I ask for your support to help me reach my fundraising goal. Please wish me luck completing my training and getting to the starting line healthy. I will take it from there :)