October 7th, 2018 marks the 1 year anniversary of the last day I spent with my sister before she lost her life to suicide. On this day, I will be running the Chicago Marathon in her honor.
I am not a marathon runner, in fact I don't particularly even like running. Last year in April I decided to change my viewpoint on running by signing up to run the Rock and Roll half marathon; a few months later my sister fell deeply depressed. Throughout my training and the race, I kept myself going by thinking how insignificant and temporary the pain was compared to what my sister faced daily. If she can make it through this, I can too. Lauren took an interest in running during this time and trained with me for the weeks leading up to my race. We agreed that we would run the half marathon together next year. I am honoring our plan by running our combined 26.2 miles myself, half for me and half for her.
For those unfamiliar, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), has the mission 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.
Please help me reach my $2000 fundraising goal. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
I am excited, I am confident. I may be nervous, but I am not afraid. This will be the most pain-staking commitment i've made to date but so long as my guardian angel sister is by my side I know I can do it.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.