Hello Family & Friends:
I couldn't be more excited to train for and run the 2020 Boston Marathon with Team Brookline. My training will raise funds for five partner charities that play an integral role in our community: The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Brookline Teen Center. I'm honored to run the Boston Marathon, a race that is near and dear to my heart while strengthening and enriching our community.
The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and social services that help people and families lead healthier, safer lives. A community approach to mental health offers model care – and a depth of success – like no other, by weaving clinical therapies into a network of community engagement. Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. I have personally watched friends struggle and continue to struggle with mental health. I am determined to make an impact on mental health awareness. Each mile I run, I will fight the stigma, encourage non-judgmental speak, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. I hope my story can inspire others to be supportive, ask for help, and check-in with those close to them.
Please join me in strengthening our community by expanding access and awareness to mental health. To make an impact, please consider donating to my fundraising campaign. Your donation transforms lives, creating hope and possibility.
Thank you for supporting me on this 26.2 mile journey. Your support is what will carry me through the long, intense training runs and the hilly Boston Marathon course.
Here's a bit more information about Team Brookline: In 2019, Team Brookline was in the top 25 of all Boston Marathon charity teams. Since its inception in 2012, more than 155 runners, supported by friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and each other, as well as local businesses, have raised $1.675 million to strengthen our community and make a real impact in the lives of all who live, work, or go to school in Brookline. Learn more at www.teambrookline.org.