Running a marathon was never an item on my bucket list, but you know what they say: “never say never.” I made an impromptu decision in mid-January to run the 2020 Boston Marathon and “I’m all in." My journey, including training and race day, will cover nearly 300 miles total and I will be fundraising for The Samaritans of RI.
About seven years ago, I started running to improve my fitness and to help me through the toughest years of my life. There are too many, too close, who have lost their battle too soon or continue to struggle with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and suicide. And those close to me are not alone, in fact the negative trends in U.S. life expectancy are most highly correlated to substance use disorders and suicide, because they tend to lead to premature death. Experts also suspect that the total number of people affected is understated because of the stigma surrounding these disorders and the unwillingness by those affected to ask for help for fear of being judged. Let’s STOP THE STIGMA, and help fight these disorders that affect so many of our friends and loved ones, and their friends and families.
I’m running for SAMSRI because they provide the tools, resources, and education that so many desperately need.
Please help me raise awareness and increase the community impact of The Samaritans of Rhode Island by donating to my Boston Marathon fundraiser.
I’m all in!!!
Thank you very much,