As you know, the Boston Marathon is not happening on April 20, 2020. I do not know whether the marathon will happen on its rescheduled date (though I hope it does), but I do know that access to mental health has never been more important than it is right now. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a mental health crisis in communities nationwide. To meet this challenge, the Brookline Center has pivoted to providing telehealth services and other programs of community support, including support for schools.
The Brookline Center has always served the most vulnerable among our population, and continues this mission through the crisis. Along with losing their jobs, many people are losing access to their health insurance. The Brookline Center is stepping up and making sure that mental health services are still available to those in need regardless of their ability to pay.
As a result of the pandemic, the Brookline Center has had to postpone or cancel key fundraisers. As a member of Team Brookline, I am asking for your help. Whether it's to support me or to support mental health services (or both), I am asking you to donate what you can to make sure critical services are not interrupted for those that need it.
While I am heartbroken not to be running on April 20th, I am proud to be a member of a community that rallies to support those who need help the most. Thank you for your support, and I hope to toe that start line on September 14th.
In 2016, I watched my husband run the Boston Marathon and cheered him on from Beacon Street in Brookline. Although I was a budding runner at that point, I’d been adamant that I would never run a marathon. The energy from the crowd around us and the determination of the runners stunned me. After he went past, I turned to my mother and told her that someday I would run the Boston Marathon. On April 20, 2020, I will finally lace up in Hopkinton with my fellow members of Team Brookline.
I'm excited and proud to be fundraising for The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health ("The Brookline Center") as a member of Team Brookline. The Brookline Center serves a critical purpose in our community - it provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and community-based social services to Brookline residents, regardless of their ability to pay or severity of their condition.
By supporting The Brookline Center, I hope to raise awareness of mental health issues in an effort to combat stigma and to raise funds to support the availability of mental health services in my community. Lack of access of mental health services is a pervasive issue nationwide, and we are so fortunate to have the resources offered by The Brookline Center.
Thank you so much for your support!
About Team Brookline:
Team Brookline, the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team, is a committed group of adult runners who train together for the Boston Marathon while raising funds for five partner charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Brookline Teen Center.
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 true impact in the lives of all who live, work, or go to school in Brookline. When you train and run with Team Brookline, you strengthen our community, expanding access to mental health care, literacy, the arts, youth development programs, and education.
Learn more at www.teambrookline.org.