BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT DATE: May 18, 2014
Growing up, I was best friends with my godfather, Hammer. He was my go-to guy for anything. I called him when I got an A on a test (or even a dreaded B), when I decided to join a sports team, and every time I changed my mind about what profession I wanted to go into. These calls definitely included me updating him on Harry Potter's life, and even successfully encouraging him to read Twilight (I was 16 at the time, don't hate). I bothered him (in a good way) all the time, and because of that we were extremely close. As I grew up and muddled my way through high school, we became even closer. As our relationship reached a more equal level, Hammer would share some of his struggles with me too. It was wonderful to help and be helped by a role model of mine. We were on the phone a couple of times a week, and texted each other almost every day- we were more than just godfather-goddaughter, but close friends.
I could tell that there was more going on under the surface when we were hanging out together, and I knew there was more bothering him than he would let on, but as with most personal struggles, I knew that I could not force it out. So I waited for him to clue me into what was bothering him. However I never became privy to this deeper underlying issue.
I lost my godfather to what is aparently suicide nearly four years ago.
I have decided to run a half marathon in his honor, and while training I realized that I wanted to use this experience to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), America's leading organization that promotes understanding and prevention of suicide as well as offering community to those who have lost someone to suicide. 82.1% of the donations to AFSP support research, education and survivor programs.
I run for a suicide-free world.