Welcome to my fundraising page! I'm honored to be a co-captain and also to be running in the 2020 Grandma's Marathon on the AFSP team in memory of my sister. Please join me in remembering Katherine and honoring anyone else lost to suicide, by donating to support AFSP's lifesaving, free services.
I lost my only sister, Katherine, at the age of 37, to suicide, on March 26, 2012. Devastating. Life-changing. We didn't see it coming, but hindsight is a slippery slope. My sister was an amazing person that lived with Crohn's Disease, and kept her daily battles with depression and anxiety masked from so many of us. I would do anything to get her back. But I can't. What I CAN do is live my life proudly in her honor and make it my mission to share my story, give others hope, and see the beauty in today. I am a better person because of my sister, and she continues to teach me so much.
I am running and raising funds to save lives. I'm running to create awareness to suicide. I'm running to fight stigma and the labeling associated with suicide and mental illness. I'm running because YOU matter. I humbly ask for your help, support, and encouragement.
My goal is to raise $3,000 for AFSP. I hope I far exceed that. This money will help AFSP continue to provide lifesaving services focused on community education, suicide prevention, and survivor support. My dream is to touch many lives. I ask you to be one of those people and to share this message with all those around you. Please help me support this worthy cause. I'd love comments on my blog pages, please share or like them on Facebook and elsewhere, follow me, and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with support. We're all in this crazy life together. Thank you.
My father was in the Air Force for more than 20 years, I was a firefighter for 10 years, and I was part of a local Critical Incident Stress Management team supporting law enforcement, firefighters, and paramedics. I also run in honor and support of all of these groups due to their increased risk levels for suicide and mental illness.
Every dollar raised goes directly to AFSP's lifesaving programs.
Follow me on Facebook for training updates and you can find my older marathon blog entries and more of my thoughts on suicide, mental illness, dreaming, and living life for today: www.dreamydream.com.