Hi! Welcome to my page! I hope you come for some inspiration and leave giving some hope
In October of 2017 I entered myself and my aunt who got me into long distance running 5 years ago for the lottery drawing of the 2018 Chicago Marathon. That's us in the picture! I'm the one in the black shirt on the right!!! My aunt signed me up for my first Half Marathon and has continuously motivated me to strive and achieve to do my best in running (and in life), so I thought, "Why not cross off one of my bucket list races and run with her?", when all I had to do was type in our information into a computer screen. I never in a MILLION years thought we would get chosen being two nobody's from Los Angeles.
Flash Forward to today (December 12, 2017) when my AMAZING aunt got picked to run this AMAZING race and I did not. Morale of the story, do not register with a Master's Runner... they will win EVERY time. I still want to have the chance to race this famous course and thankfully there are "Charity" spots available for all types of agencies that would allow me to not only have the time of my life in a new city with one of my favorite people but to also raise money and awareness for the cause of my choosing.
As a result of all of this I will now be spending this summer training for the Chicago Marathon and running its 26.2 miles for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), which has the mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. This will be only my third marathon and, believe it or not, I'm more nervous about the training that I am about supporting this dedicated organization. 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. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?
This cause is one that is near and dear to my heart! Statistics suggest that every one of us, in some way, knows someone who has died by or attempted suicide or have maybe even contemplated suicide ourselves. My direct connection comes from my career as a licensed clinical social worker who provides services to mentally ill adults that struggle with this issue. In some cases they struggle for their entire life. I also volunteer and work with the Suicide Prevention Center on their Crisis Hotline in Los Angeles and have done so for the past 7 years. I spend at least one night a week speaking directly to our callers and chat room visitors to help prevent them from making such a permanent decision to end their life. Everyone has a story to tell, and many are too embarrassed to reach out to the people they know. The Suicide Prevention Center (and other crisis lines) allow them a safe place to share their story and get feedback and resources that can help them find the courage, strength and hope to continue one for at least one more day.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal. 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. If you are not comfortable or able to donate online, please feel free to reach out to me directly about other ways to donate.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and please wish me luck completing my training and getting to the starting line healthy. I will take it from there.
If you are in crisis,
call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline