BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Dear Friends and Family,
In a few short months on November 6th, 2016, I will be runnning my second NYC Marathon as part of Team AFSP. This day is incredibly important and meaningful to me as I am running to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention. As many of you know, this cause is personal to me. I lost my best friend and older sister, Pam, to suicide in March of 2012. Her passing has left those of us who knew and loved her, forever changed, with hearts that constantly mourn her death, yet determined to find purpose and meaning in the lessons and gifts that she gave us. Part of her legacy, and now my honor, is to strive to make a difference by preventing others from taking their own lives. After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death. In 2014, (the most recent year for which full data are available), 41,149 suicides were reported, meaning that someone took their own life every 12.8 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts made annually. Please help me reach my goal of raising $5,000 dollars to this very important, life-saving cause. I have served on the Southern CT Board Chapter of AFSP, participated in their Out of the Darkness Walks, and can attest first-hand to the amazing, far-reaching, vitally important work that they do. Although my own connection to AFSP was by learning first-hand about the tremendous role they play in supporting survivors of suicide loss, they are also at the forefront of outreach and prevention. Thru research, education and advocacy, they are making a difference by preventing suicide and saving lives.
I realize that we are all asked frequently to contribute to many different causes that are meaningful to each of us in different ways and for different reasons. While I wish so much that I never had a reason to be sending this email, I am determined to do everything that I can to help others find the help and support that they need. As I run those 26.2 miles on 11/6, I will be reminded with every step, that the pain I may feel along the way is representative of the pain felt by so many - those who are struggling, those who may be worried about someone, and those who are grieving. Thank you so much for your consideration in donating to Team AFSP. Even a small amount can mean a life-saving difference for someone else.