I'm running for hope. I'm running to prevent suicide. I'm running to let people know they aren't alone. I am running for life.
It has always been my dream to run the Boston Marathon for Samaritans. It is an honor to be a part of the Samaritans Marathon team to raise funds and awareness for a cause that is so close to my heart. My connection with Samaritans began several years ago when her brother, Garrett, worked as the development manager at Samaritans. Samaritan's mission resonated with me personally. My passion in suicide prevention grew and my desire to give back to Samaritans magnified.
Every 14 hours someone in Massachusetts dies by suicide. It often leaves family and loved ones in shock, wondering “Why?” Too many families have suffered this painful loss, but there is hope. Suicide can be prevented. You can help save lives by supporting me today. All proceeds will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services including the 24/7 Crisis Services phone and text Helplines, Suicide Prevention Workshops for schools, businesses, and community groups, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost someone to suicide.
As the Assistant Director of Health & Wellness at Emerson College, I work on suicide prevention on the individual student level and the community campus level by organizing campus-wide events that bring awareness to mental health issues. I am determined to find more ways to help support college students who are struggling with depression and loneliness. Annually, 1,100 college students die by suicide. Samaritans has been a life-saving resource for students.
I am so excited to experience Patriot's Day as a runner in 2018. This will be my first marathon. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, scuba diving, snowboarding and Zumba. I am so grateful and appreciative of Samaritan’s work with those who are struggling every day and the survivors. I can't wait to cross the finish line for Samaritans!!!!
To learn more about Samaritans and suicide prevention, visit us at samaritanshope.org.