Samantha Joseph's Fundraiser:

Team Samaritans Boston Marathon 2012

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

HOURS PLEDGED: 100

Mileage Tracker: 500

THE STORY:

I will always remember every minute of November 1, 1999. I was a senior in high school, waiting for the principal to punish me for cutting class when he said the four words that would change my life forever, "Your aunt has died."

To this day, I would trade any punishment in the world for that one, for a life without her.

My aunt Gail was a force to be reckoned with. In addition to being a beloved daughter, sister and aunt, she was a loyal friend, and a talented and valued member of the NBC family. She loved her cats and the color purple and though she struggled to show it in her final years, I know she loved our family very much as well.

Not a single day goes by where I don't wonder, for just a moment, what could have been...

Finding Samaritans and figuring out how to turn my loss into something that helps others has been incredible. When I am answering phones on the 24 hour helpline and meeting with families dealing with the confusion and loss after a suicide, I know that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be.  When I saw an email about the opportunity to run the marathon and raise money and awareness for suicide prevention, despite having never run more than three miles in a row, I just knew it was something I had to do.

If just one person hears about our efforts, or sees our team at the run, and calls the helpline during a time of need, it will have made every early morning and every blister worthwhile.

And besides, I'm sure my aunt is having a great laugh every time I wake up in the dark and freezing cold for a run. Even though it's hard, living my life to the fullest is the only way I know to honor her memory.

With over 500 deaths by suicide a year in Boston alone, this is an issue that touches many of us. I’m not sure if my aunt ever called a helpline, but had she wanted to, I really hope that one was available.

Please consider joining me in my effort to prevent suicide and help families deal with their grief. I have no doubt that your contribution will save lives.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

$6,237

MONEY RAISED
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  • MICHAEL STRUPPA

    $10

  • Roberta Hurtig

    $25

  • Mickey, Brett, Alan & Jordan

    $100

  • Patti Teopaco

    $50

  • Noga Nevel

    $36

  • Michael Goldberg

     

  • Andrew Gordon

     

  • Annie Drapeau

     

  • Conor McAleavey

    $50

  • The Tellers

    $50

  • Lauren Joseph

    $180

  • Kate Golder

     

  • Jessica Smerling

    $36

  • Shirley & DicknGol...

    $100

  • Vova K.

    $25

  • Linda & Jim Charam

    $25

  • Sarah Kirshenb...

    $25

  • Robert Pietranton

     

  • Shan Tabor

     

  • Michael and Nicole Joseph

    $100

  • Jaclyn Rappaport

     

  • anne

    $50

  • Neal Ferrazzani

    $10

  • Michael Fleischer

     

  • Cal Lankton

    $25

  • Meggan Levene

     

  • Steven Weiss and Stephanie Gertz

    $36

  • Jessica Tubman

    $25

  • Nancy & Jeff Sevich

     

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • Vitaly Sorkin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Stephanie Jones

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Lisa, Barry, Lucy and Joy Cheskin

    $360

  • Pat and Pekka

    $36

  • jeff limna

    $50

  • Jessica Fradkin

    $36

  • Labor Day Creative / Natick, MA

    $50

  • Pat, Tricia, and Lissa Pierson

     

  • Elana Weinbaum

    $20

  • Roz Cheskin

    $100

  • Samaritans Marathon Fundraiser

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Barbara and Mitch Marcus

     

  • Elliot Targum

     

  • Joe Deal

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Dan O'Neill

    $50

  • Bonnie & Richard Friedman

     

  • Jeremy

    $25

  • Andrew Black

    $25

  • Hank Wolfson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • The Paul Family

     

  • Ilissa

    $180

  • Amy Mendel

     

  • Rachel Eisenberg

     

  • John Hayes

    $50

  • Britt Weldon

    $50

  • Melanie Damsker

    $50

  • Manish and Ambika Patel

    $50

  • Rossie Apt

    $40

  • Tracy E. Murphy

    $100

  • Jan and Steve Mongeau

    $50

  • Roi

     

  • Alexandra Hochster...

    $25

  • Sarah Klopfer

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Heather Pichette

     

  • Diane Fischer

    $40

  • Andi McCarthy

    $36

  • Adam Cole

     

  • Dana Benjamin

    $30

  • Samantha Soloway and Ben Einsidler

     

  • Maggie & Subhas

    $50

  • Marianne Zielinski

    $50

  • Wendy Schreider

     

  • Lynn Broberg

    $10

  • shayna

    $36

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Elana Kogan

     

  • Mom and Dad

    $1,000

  • Marc Cohen

     

  • Adam Siegel

    $30

  • Ali and Noah Bluestone

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Beth Cohen

    $10

  • Christian T. Potts

    $26

  • Bill Gabovitch

    $18

  • Ives Kent

     

  • Jasmine De Puy

    $25

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $112,623 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Nancy Rappaport

Amount Raised:

$15,365

Fundraiser Title

Kirstie Crawford

Amount Raised:

$11,279

 

113% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc Bellanger

Amount Raised:

$10,682

 

107% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Naomi Schwartz

Amount Raised:

$8,891

 

178% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andrew Donovan

Amount Raised:

$8,857

 

177% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Quinlan

Amount Raised:

$7,525

 

100% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicole Costa

Amount Raised:

$7,156

Fundraiser Title

Lila Flavin

Amount Raised:

$6,665

 

133% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Patti Teopaco

Patti Teopaco

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Mickey, Brett, Alan & Jordan

Mickey, Brett, Alan & Jordan

DONATION: $100

In memory of Gail. In tribute to Sam! 2 years ago

Roberta Hurtig

Roberta Hurtig

DONATION: $25

Thank you so much for making such an amazing commitment to run on behalf of Samaritans! 2 years ago

MICHAEL STRUPPA

MICHAEL STRUPPA

DONATION: $10

I know it's not much, but I want to support my teammates! ~Mike 2 years ago