Samaritans wrote -
Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!
Thank you for visiting my 2017 Samaritans fundraising page. I am honored to have been chosen for this team and such a worthy cause. I hope that I can do a small part in helping those who have and will be affected by suicide thru this process. There is nothing that can take your breath away faster than hearing that a loved one is no longer with you and that you did not get the chance to say goodbye. The impact seems even more profound when the loss comes as a result of suicide. As a psychologist I often find myself on the other side of the conversation helping others begin to process the gamut of emotions when they have lost their loved one’s. There was no textbook or training that could have prepared me for the emotional impact two years ago when I received the phone call that we had lost my cousin Chris. I am eternally grateful for the support that the Samaritans were able to give to his parents during this tragic time in their lives. A support and understanding that can’t always be found your everyday circle of friends and family given the unique nature and issues that suicide presents. If my running in the marathon and raising the awareness and funds to help the Samaritans continue their mission then 26.2 miles is a welcomed task.
Chris was someone who I could identify with growing up. He was quiet and unassuming , but with a sarcastic and funny wit when he needed to hold his own. He was someone who was talented with his hands and could build anything. He went on to be a successful electrician and during many recent winter storms I have him to thank for helping restore power back to thousands of families. In many ways it was some of these jobs that made me appreciate him more. To go out in harsh elements, being away from your family for days on end, getting little sleep and dealing with high voltage electricity. To Chris it was like second nature, that despite the difficulty of the elements and long hours he knew that people counted on him to restore order in their lives. This is what I will remember and cherish about Chris the most, not necessarily the immense talents his hands could produce, but the heart that was behind it. The person who would offer a helping hand, with no questions asked and no matter how much of an inconvenience to him. He was a devoted father of two who was so invested and proud of his children, whether it was the long hours of tossing a baseball around with his son or traveling from tournament to tournament he was there with his quiet presence.
When I tell people that I am running the marathon for Samaritans the first question I often get asked are you really prepared for the training and running 26.2 miles. My first response back is that the running part and the training is the easy part. The hardest part is the loss, but I believe that on April 17th, 2017 Chris in his own way will be there in Boston, and his quiet presence will be felt and carry me across the finish line.
Thank you for supporting me and this mission.