Thanks for visiting my Samaritans Boston Marathon team fundraising page! All funds raised will benefit Samaritans and their suicide prevention services.
I am honored to run my first marathon in memory of my aunt Kathy, who we lost to suicide in 1986.
There’s a photo of my aunt Kathy that sits on my dad’s bureau. For my cousins and I who never met Kathy, or who were too young at the time to understand what her death meant for the family, that’s all I have to remember her by: a photo and a sad family memory.
Childhood naiveté initially prevented me from understanding the impact of suicide on a family. But Samaritans brought that, and so much more, to light.
Samaritans validates the feelings and experiences of those who have, until contact with Samaritans, felt lost, helpless, and alone. Far too often people think no one understands what it is like to be trapped inside your own head, to be set on an endlessly winding path of depression and despair. We’ve all felt sad, or felt the sting of rejection, or reflect on our life and past choices and wonder “what if.” But for most of us, a jog, a chat with a friend, or some time to yourself helps pull you out of the dark and into the light. Then there are those who fall deeper in the dark, until Samaritans shines a light.
I will run for those who need help seeing that “next moment.” I will run for those who run their very own marathon each day just to make it through the next 24 hours. And I will run for the woman in the photograph on my father’s bureau. I do not know what it feels like to lose a mother, a sister, a daughter, or a friend to suicide. But I believe my family honors Kathy’s memory in the best way we can; not only supporting one another in our moments of grief, but also offering our support to those in need of Samaritans services, whether it be someone considering suicide or the family of a victim of suicide. We honor Kathy with love, and running the Boston Marathon for Samaritans, in honor of Kathy, is my expression of love to her memory, to her daughters, and to all of those who feel alone. I will carry them with me, each step of the 26.2 miles.
Thank you for your support! - Julia