On Sunday, March 15th, I will be running the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide prevention is important to me because I lost my older brother, Brian, to suicide in November 2017. It's hard to capture Brian's spirit through words, as he was loved by everyone who knew him. He was an amazing brother and made our family of 5 complete. Brian was tenacious, creative, artistic, driven, and had a fantastic sense of humor. He could do it all--from playing the saxophone incredibly well, to making the best grilled cheese sandwich. He spread so much joy and love throughout his 26 years of life and had a spark that will never cease to exist.
Since the tragic day of November 25th, 2017, I have been on a journey navigating the grief that comes with this devastating loss. I heard someone once say, “it’s as if you were navigating a path that was going right, and suddenly you’re going left.” Slowly but surely, I have been figuring out what the left side of the path looks like, and a huge part of that for me has been running.
While I frequently ran shorter distances over the years, it was after the loss of my brother that I began long distance running as a way to process the many emotions that I had no idea what to do with. Hitting the pavement helps me clear my mind. With every long run, I gain a little more strength and a little more clarity. It has provided me with the tools to overcome a situation that I never thought I’d have to. Running is a way to let it all go. Whether I spend an entire run smiling or an entire run crying, I know that my body is doing what it needs to in order to heal.
Over the past year, I have completed 2 half marathons. This one will be my 3rd, in the great city of New York. With every stride of this race, I will be carrying Brian’s memory with me.
I run for my brother, Brian. I run with the hope that we will one day find the resources to live in a world where suicide doesn’t exist. I run for everyone who struggles, and for everyone who has been affected by mental illness and suicide. I run because hope exists, and it’s a beautiful thing when we can come together as a society to prove that. Please support this incredible organization by helping me reach my fundraising goal of $1,500!
I know a brighter tomorrow is just across the finish line. Thank you so much for your support!
*Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.*