Friends and Family,
It is with great pleasure that I get to announce I will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon for Team Samaritans for Suicide Prevention!!!
I will never forget the morning of April 29th, 2010, 10 years ago this April, when everything in my life would change. I still remember the exact outfit that I was wearing that morning; white shorts, an LSU shirt, and a backwards hat. I was packing my backpack for school when I received a phone call. I was told that my best friend, Tyler Ryan, had taken his own life the night before. I did not believe the news and dropped my phone, but by the time my phone hit the ground, tears were streaming down my face. Why? Why? Why? I kept asking myself.
Tyler was the best friend any one could ever ask for. He had a smile that could light up a room, contagious laughter, and an infectious personality that always made people gravitate towards him. Tyler was the most genuine, empathetic, and selfless person I’ve ever met; always taking on other people’s problems as if they were his own. He was the friend who would do anything for those he loved at the drop of a hat, expecting nothing in return. Tyler was the role model that we all looked up to; someone who left an impact that we will carry on forever.
In March of 2017, tragedy struck again. I learned that one of my fraternity brothers, Dave Carroll, had taken his own life. All the pain and emotions from seven years prior were back again. Dave was beloved by all his friends and would always fill a room with laughter. Dave was two years older than I, but he was always a good friend and would never hesitate to invite us over for a Patriots or Bruins game.
I will be running the marathon in honor of Tyler and Dave. I will be running for all of those who have lost a loved one to suicide. I will be running so others don’t have to deal with the pain of losing a best friend at such a young age. I will be running for those who struggle with mental health. I will be running to alleviate the stigma surrounding mental health. I will be running to raise awareness for suicide prevention. I will be running so people know it is okay to ask for help. I will be running to help spread the message that you are not alone.
2017 (last reported year)
· Suicide rates have increased by 33% from 1997 to 2017
· Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. 2nd leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 30
· In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
· In 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts in the United States
Too many families have suffered this painful loss, but there is hope. Suicide can be prevented. You can help save lives by supporting Samaritans’ Marathon Team today. To learn more about Samaritans lifesaving programs visit the website at: samaritanshope.org.
Please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of $10,000!
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