October 7th, 2018 will mark the 1 year anniversary of the last day I spent with my sister before she ended her life. On this day, I will be running the Chicago Marathon in her honor.
When the shock and trauma subsided, I knew that I needed to do something to pull me out of the darkness of grieving, so I chose to run.
I am by no means a marathon runner. When I completed my first half marathon last year, I swore I would never run further. While training for the half, Lauren took an interest in running as well and trained with me for the weeks leading up to my race. We agreed that we would run the half together next year. A few months after I crossed the finish line, she crossed over to Heaven. With a heavy and broken heart, I will be honoring our plan by running our combined 26.2 miles myself.
I found out about team AFSP after the general entry registration ended. This organization was my last hope at participating. With only one spot remaining, I was given clearance to register on December 29, Lauren's birthday.
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.