The alumni of the University of Pennsylvania Track and Field team are deeply saddened by the loss of Madison Holleran, a freshman runner on the women’s team. Such an intelligent, talented, and graceful student athlete is hard to come by, yet we were fortunate enough to call Madison one of our own.
Only a fellow student athlete could begin to understand the pressures to be successful both on and off the field while balancing the other demands of college life. While most of our alumni did not know Madison personally, we wish she could have known firsthand the strength of this greater Penn Track and Field community. We wish we had been there with our collective experiences to lean on during her greatest time of need. Indeed, it is mainly through the strength and encouragement of the Penn Track and Field family that we persevered through our own struggles and truly appreciated the significance of our own achievements, both on and off the field, during and after college. No one should feel like it is his or her struggle to go alone; we—like no other—have been in those shoes.
Madison Holleran will always remain a cherished member of the Penn Track and Field community. Her family, friends, classmates, coaches, and teammates are in our thoughts and prayers. Please join us in supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to honor her memory and prevent suicide from taking shining stars like Madison from us before their time.
1/25/14 - Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed to this effort to celebrate the life of Madison Holleran, while at the same time providing crucial support and awareness to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Your support has been overwhelming. As a result, we have raised our goal to $20,000. Madison's UPENN teammates will be competing in NYC on 2/1 and we hope to come as close to meeting our goal as we can by the time they take to the track & field that day. Thank you all.
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.