Two years ago I nearly lost my sister to suicide. I knew she was suffering anxiety and depression but had no idea just how bad her suffering was. While her attempt was intercepted in time to keep her alive, the experience of nearly losing her - and seeing her suffer so deeply - changed me. I supported and watched as my sister came out the other side the best version of herself I have ever known. She is a lucky one - as are those closest to her or have the pleasure of knowing her on the slightest level. So the thought of her life ending when she tried is nothing short of devastating - I cannot even imagine and it pains me to try.
I hope that others can be better educated in seeing the signs and symptoms and know to take action; to ask for help, or express concern before it's too late. I will never take for granted the life my sister is continuing to live and am making it my mission to support education and awareness for suicide prevention. This will be my third time running Grandma's Marathon, and in spite of the personal bests I am aiming to achieve, this year's participation as a charity member for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives me the greatest motivation and pride. My sister's strength will fuel me through this year's event; meanwhile your contribution - big or small - will help AFSP spread awareness, fund scientific research, and provide resources and aid to those affected by suicide. I ask you to please join me in
this effort. Please help contribute to the important work of suicide prevention, and please donate today!
Thank you for your support,