Hi everyone, thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I have been honored to have been selected to run the Boston Marathon for the The Arredondo Family Foundation this year!!
Who is The Arredondo Family? Malia and Carlos Arredondo were the parents of Lance Cpl Alexander Scott Arredondo who lost his life at the age of 20 while serving in Iraq in 2004. Malia and Carlos tragically lost their younger son Brian Luis Arredondo 12 years later to suicide at the age of 24.
What does The Arredondo Family Foundation do? After the Arredondo’s tragically lost their first son they began to do work to help veterans. The foundation financially supports families who have suffered from a loss by a military related suicide. The foundation also raises money for scholarships for siblings of service members. Finally, The foundation supports the educating and empowering military friends and family through QPR training. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a proven suicide prevention strategy. Anyone has the power to use their QPR training to support someone who is suffering.
Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine. However, it is no easy feat. I ran the Hartford marathon in 2014 and while it was positively life changing it absolutely drained me. This year I decided that I would consider running the Boston Marathon for charity. However, as many know the Boston Marathon is a considerably larger feat to overcome. Running Boston would require me training through the winter and raising thousands and thousands of dollars. I decided that if I was going to go through the training and fundraising to run the Boston Marathon it would have to be for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I read through many different potential charities but the Arredondo Family Foundation in particular stood out to me. When applying to run Boston for charity they recommend that you apply to multiple charities as there are many applicants. I made the choice to only apply to the Arredondo Family Foundation and told myself that if I did not get accepted I would simply wait and and better my application next year.
Why is the Arredondo Family Foundation near and dear to my heart? I am a mental health Clinician in Worcester, Massachusetts. I have studied long and hard to help those who suffer from various mental illnesses and am a firm believer that the average person is able to perform QPR and save a life. Suicidality is not spoken nearly enough, especially not enough in the military community. Unfortunately, even in the year 2018 people are afraid to talk about suicide.While, suicide is a painful and uncomfortable topic it needs to be de-stigmatized and discussed. We owe it to the men and women who have served our country to be brave for them for once. The Arredondo Family Foundation is also important to me as I have just become an “army wife.” While I am very fortunate that my husband has not yet deployed (like many in his unit just this past summer) I would do anything to help him or his military friends.
Arredondo Family Foundation Inc wrote:
Carlos and Mélida Arredondo founded the Arredondo Family Foundation in 2015 after experiencing difficulties related to the loss of Carlos' two sons. Alex was killed in action while Brian died by suicide. They both noticed that ongoing supports to military families around a suicide death were lacking. This led to the foundation.
The mission of the Arredondo Family Foundation is to empower military families in the prevention of military related suicides and to provide support through education, financial relief and support services.
The foundation provides suicide prevention training primarily for veterans and military families as well as financial support and referrals for military families who have experienced a suicide death.