"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
I am a Chicago Public Schools social worker. In my position, I often see children, teens, and their families navigate roads that feel dark and hopeless. At times, it seems as if they have hit a roadblock and do not know where to go next. I always feel grateful when they come to me, seeking help and ultimately hope. I want people to know that they are not alone and that help is out there. I want people to not feel embarrassed or ashamed when they reach out for support. I want all school staff to be trained on mental health and suicide prevention to better connect with our children and families who are suffering and feeling hopeless. These are some of the reasons why I decided to run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 as a member of the AFSP Race for Hope Team.
The mission statement of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is “save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.” You can help bring hope to all of us that have been touched by suicide by contributing to my fundraiser. The money I raise for AFSP will 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.
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.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and please wish me luck completing my training and getting to the starting line healthy.
“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”