Family & Friends,
July 24, 2000, was a Monday – it’s the day that altered my life forever. That beautiful summer day my big brother, Kevin, died by suicide. I was only 13 at the time, but I can still remember the smells, what I was wearing, and the images that haunt me to this day. It is forever engraved in my mind.
Fast forward almost 19 years later…
When on Monday, April 15, 2019, I crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon for the third time which are words I never, EVER, thought I would mutter, but I’m so proud to say them.
Running the 2019 Boston Marathon on behalf of Samaritans was the greatest honor of my life. It reinvigorated me, it gave me a new-found purpose, and helped me find my voice. The entire process gave me the courage to have some tough conversations and forced me to deal with some raw emotions. Some days were easier than others, but the support and encouragement I received was all that I needed to become more vulnerable than I have ever been. It gave me the opportunity to shed light on a topic that NO ONE should feel ashamed to talk about.
The biggest thing it gave me was showing me how powerful my voice can be and how important it is for me to use it.
To me [and so many] Samaritans is much bigger than a non-profit organization—it is an organization that literally saves lives; provides a safe place and says: it’s okay to ask for help, you’re not alone in this.
It’s an organization that stands for life every single second of every single day. And for those reasons, I’m honored to be a member of Team Samaritans.
So yes, July 24, 2000, started as a beautiful summer day and ended as a nightmare; but that’s not where my story ends, and it’s not where Kevin’s story ends-another chapter is set to begin on April 20, 2020.
I ask that you please join me in this fight to prevent suicide and eliminate the stigma around mental health by supporting my fundraising efforts. Remember that EVERY dollar counts and is very much appreciated!
With love and gratitude,
Samaritans provides lifesaving suicide prevention services. To learn more about Samaritans and suicide prevention, visit usat samaritanshope.org.
Feeling hopeless? Call or text Samaritans at 877-870-4673 (HOPE).