In 2020, I will be running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (aka Grandma's Half Marathon). This will not be my first time running this race, but this year is different because I decided to run and raise money with charity partner American Federation for Suicide Prevention in honor of my dad, Gene. Our family lost our dad due to suicide when he was far too young, at the age of 56. He didn't get to witness my high school graduation, he only got to see 1 of his 7 kids get married, and he never got to meet any of his 17 grandkids. My dad was very proud of his huge family and he would have been an awesome granddad!
A few facts about suicide, some of which apply my dad.
*Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
*In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
*In 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts
*The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.
*In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women.
*On average, there are 129 suicides per day.
*White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017.
*In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to change some of these stats so other families don't have to go through the loss of their loved one?
I have run many, many races, but this one will be different because every step of these 13.1 miles will be run for my dad. I hope that you will consider donating so we can help others struggling wih mental illness, and prevent another family from dealing with the loss of their loved one.