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 by no means a marathon runner. Last April, I decided to test my running ability by signing up for the Rock and Roll half marathon; a few months later my sister fell deeply depressed. Throughout my training and the race, I persevered by telling myself 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. 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, 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.