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First off, to those who are reading this, thank you. If you’re on this page, it means you’re a part of my life and hopefully you’re here to help. So thank you.
I am happy to announce that I will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Yea…nuts. Now I know what you’re thinking: he runs? Well, kinda. Still feels weird to say but I guess I do now, at least for the past year. Before this, my only running experience was doing the track team for 2 weeks freshman year of high school. I ordered all the track swag size large so I could rock it for the rest of my high school career. Unfortunately, my order never came and I quit after 2 weeks…big time regrets but probably for the best. Fast forward 5 years and now I’m about to start training all winter long to run 26 miles. High school me would poop his pants laughing so hard if you told him that.
So why are we here then? Why am I doing this? In March 2019, I lost one of my best friends after he took his own life. He was one of the smartest, funniest, most loving people I’ve ever known. He suffered from depression and ultimately those demons took his life. I hope he found the peace he was looking for.
After he passed, I started to run. It became a therapy of sorts. I could throw my headphones in, listen to music and just reflect on my thoughts and feelings - about him and whatever else was going on in my life. In June I ran a 10K. In October, I ran a Half. Now, I have been given the opportunity to run for an incredible organization in the AFSP. Their mission is simple: Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. They are the leading national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Their work makes a genuine impact in society, and I could not be more honored to be a part of their cause. If you’re interested in learning more you can check out their mission and strategy here.
Now here’s where you come in. While the AFSP is doing all this incredible work across the country, we’ve got the easy job. Our goal is to raise $15,000. It’s a lot of money, don’t get me wrong. Do you know how many things you could buy at the Dollar Store with $15,000? 15,000 things. That’s a lot of things. But that being said, I have all the confidence in the world that we can hit that number. There will be events, raffles, t-shirts, whatever it takes. Outside of selling my body, I’m up for anything. And remember it’s a group effort, so if you have ideas or want to help out, let me know, and we’ll scheme on something.
Okay I lied earlier, it’s not gonna be easy. We’re gonna have to go to work. What I can promise you though is that we will get there and we’ll have a lot of fun doing it. Can’t spell fundraiser without fun baby (sorry). There’s a lot of good coming up in 2020 so get excited. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, however you may show it.
4/20/2020. Get rowdy at the finish line.