A Final Update
May 20, 2017
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Mileage Tracker: 205
Hey everyone! Thanks so much for visiting my Samaritans Marathon page. Read a bit about my story, look through the gallery, and consider donating. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!
It is an incredible honor to be running the 2017 Boston Marathon for the Samaritans, Inc. team. I will be training and competing alongside 16 other amazing individuals who have each been touched by Samaritans in their own way, and who I look up to more than I can say. As for me, I've been a volunteer in Samaritans' phone room since February 2016, and have been a proud member of the Samaritans 4Boston group at Boston College since September.
Although I have not seriously struggled with suicidal thoughts myself, the issue of suicide has affected those around me for years. In high school, a student in the grade above me unexpectedly took his own life, throwing our community into turmoil. As my school struggled to process this, a good friend of mine began to confide in me about her suicidal thoughts and history of self-harm. I can recall many late nights spent talking to her, distraught at what she was doing, not understanding that the best thing I could have provided at the time was simply my presence. Suicide remained present in some aspects of my everyday life as well. On my way to swim beneath the Golden Gate Bridge right before I entered high school, our ferry was stopped because of a man who had jumped from the railing just above us. Every once in a while, the train that carried me to school every morning was delayed for hours at a time because someone had jumped onto the tracks up ahead and been hit.
Occurrences like these kept the issue in the back of my mind, leaving me itching to learn more and become part of the suicide prevention effort. A friend who I'm currently very close with has been open with me about his struggles with suicidal thoughts in the past, and the thought that my incredible relationship with him could be taken away is heartbreaking. Through all of this, I’ve become increasingly aware of my own privilege for not having personally battled with depression and mental health.
It was these experiences, among other things, that led me to Samaritans, and my time there has been nothing short of life-changing. I've learned more about myself and what it means to be empathetic through the calls I've taken than I ever could have imagined. To top it off, running the Boston Marathon has been a dream of mine since before arriving to BC. This opportunity is a perfect blend of the things I'm passionate about. It would mean a lot to me if everyone reading this gave as little as $5. Aside from enabling me to fulfill that dream, you would be making an invaluable donation to Samaritans and the life-saving work they do every day. It has mattered so much to me and countless other people. I can't wait to set out on the journey of a lifetime! Thank you for checking out my fundraiser.
Samaritans wrote -
Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!
Thank you for visiting the 2017 Samaritans Marathon Team homepage! Our team is raising awareness and funds for Samaritans, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide. The 2017 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17th.
Thanks to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the 10th consecutive year that Samaritans has received bib numbers for our Marathon Team. All proceeds generated from this year's team will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services including our 24/7 Crisis Services phone and text helplines, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost someone to suicide.
If you have secured your own bib for the Boston Marathon and are interested in joining the Samaritans Team, please contact Sarah Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org.