Hello! My name is Jessica Padula and I am participating in the David Goggins 4x4x48 challenge on March 5-7, 2021. The challenge is to run 4 miles every 4 hours for a total of 48 miles in as many hours. It starts at 8pm PST, or 11pm EST where I live in Upstate NY. This means I will be running during the day, evening, and middle of the night for 2 days straight. I am running to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2015 I lost my husband to suicide while he was actively serving our country in the US Navy. Shortly after his death, I made my own suicide attempt, and against all odds, I survived with no lasting physical effects.
In the last 5 years of recovering from that trauma and his loss, I have made it my mission to not only raise awareness about suicide, but to actively engage in suicide prevention by public speaking, keeping the conversations around suicide productive and open, and serving the yoga and crossfit communities as my profession. I believe that physical activity is one of the most powerful tools we can use to combat depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Whether it's yoga, crossfit, running, or hiking, I take care of my mental wellbeing when I move my body, and I aim to share as much as I can with as many people as I can. I believe that together, we can lower the suicide rate and the impact that it has on our communities and our economy, by putting our effort into research, education, and support for those who are struggling.
UPDATE!! My friend John Murray has decided to join the team and merge fundraining efforts with me all in one pace. John will be running the challenge in Toronto Canada and has this to say:
"For this challenge I am pumped to announce I am joining forces with Jess Padula as we raise money for THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION.
This cause is very important to me. I have lost an extended family member and friends to suicide and myself have battled bouts of deep depression where I am forever thankful to have had the support I needed to climb back into the light. There is nothing wrong with needing a helping hand and AFSP is that helping hand. Your donations will go a long way to ensuring someone is there to answer the call and be a support when its most needed.
Please help Jess and I reach out goal of raising $10,000 to support this cause and thank you for your support!"
100 % of the funds raised from this event will go directly to the local chapter (CRNY) of AFSP (less the processing fee from this platform). AFSP is dedicated to research, education, and providing support after loss. For more information AFSP, please visit AFSP.org
The latest data shows that we lost approximately 48,000 people to suicide in 2018. Suicide is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, and together we can absolutely lower that number.
Our goal is to raise 10,000. That's $4.80 per life lost, which is currently about the same price as a Venti Chai Latte at Starbucks. Are you willing to part with some of the money that you have, in order to keep you and the people in your life mentally healthy? I am. And I'm willing to run this challenge, and however many more there are for as long as I am afforded this life. Thank you for your support, and thank you for sharing this message. We can't do this without you.
I would like to dedicate each mile to someone we have lost to suicide. Please include the name or names of those you would like to be remembered in your donation notes. You may also leave it blank if you choose.