Thank you for visiting my 2020 Boston Marathon fundraising page!
I am so excited to be a part of the Samaritans Boston Marathon team! After over 10 years of cheering on my mother as she ran by mile marker 17 of the Boston Marathon, she has now “passed the torch” down to me. I am so delighted by the opportunity to run on behalf of the work Samaritans does and to carry on the legacy my mother has set. I became a part of the Samaritans back in September 2006, after my aunt, Jodi, took her own life on July 10th, 2006. My grandmother suggested that we create a Samaritans Team for the annual 5K, and I have been attending this event each year with my family since the age of 4 (!!!). You can always see Jodi Ann Sims Team in our bright yellow t-shirts, comprised of friends, family, and dogs!
When I was brought to the first Samaritans 5K back in 2006, little did I know that I’d be running on the Samaritans Marathon Team one day! Samaritans has been an amazing piece of my family’s life since the passing of my aunt. The support they provide for families is unmatched. I could see the joy in my grandmother’s eyes as her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, gathered on this day to remember the life of her daughter.
My family has introduced me to this organization, but their amazing work has kept me going. Because I did not know my aunt very well when she had passed, I don’t have the same personal connection to suicide loss as many people within this organization do. However, as a seventeen-year-old working through the college application process, I can see the immense pressures we all face from our parents, teachers, and peers. We are trying to live up to countless expectations set by others, instead of focusing on what makes ourselves happy. This overwhelming stress to be the best is detrimental to our happiness and mental stability. Countless teenagers are depressed and suicidal, but with an organization like Samaritans, we can promote the prevention of suicide among people, young and old.
The work of the Samaritans is amazing and truly inspiring. The kind souls who volunteer their time and resources to the 24-hour services are a vital piece in the prevention of suicide. Your donation will allow Samaritans to continue this meaningful work and bring awareness to the stigma around depression and suicide. I am humbled to run on behalf of my aunt’s life, the lives of all people tragically lost to suicide, and for those still fighting the constant uphill battle of depression.
Feeling hopeless? You are not alone. Call or text 877-870-4673 (HOPE) or visit samaritanshope.org