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Megan Murray's Fundraiser:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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November 07, 2016

Thank you all sooo much for donating to my run. I cannot believe I raised $7,050 for AFSP! This was my 32nd marathon which is the age my sister  See more
Megan Murray

THE STORY:

On 11/2/15, I woke up to the devastating news that my sister, Kathleen, had taken her own life. Kat, who was only one year older than me, suffered from mental illness her entire life; and for her she believed she could not go on living in this world with that illness any longer. In the immediate months following her death I carefully chose the words I used when mentioning her death. I was selective with my words out of fear that people would judge her when they found out she died by suicide. I wanted to protect her from the stigma that is attached to mental illness and suicide. Even though society does not treat it in the same regard, mental illness is just as debilitating as physical illness. 

In addition to the physical and emotional pain I was going through in grieving her death, I also found my anguish more difficult to cope with since I was not being completely honest about the cause of death. For those of you who don't know, running marathons is my passion. I plan to run a marathon in all 50 states in under 4 hours. As of this writing (5/6/16) I have run 30 marathons in 24 states. On 11/6/16, I will be running the NYC marathon for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is my platform to raise awareness about mental illness and suicide. I have an obligation to share my story to help change the conversation, so that people with suicidal thoughts don't have to feel ashamed. In running this marathon, my goal is to raise better awareness for mental illness in hopes that it will begin to be seen in a different light. With the conversation changing and the stigma diminishing, lives will be saved and grieving families won't have to question what to say if they lose a loved one to suicide out of fear of judgment. 

I am hoping to raise $4,000 for AFSP! Any donations would be greatly appreciated! 

$7,120

MONEY RAISED
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  • Scott Kuhl

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Nelson Dearborn

    $50

  • Steve DiCarlo

    $20

  • Amanda

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Roger Marshall

    $50

  • Deanna Forbes

    $25

  • Ron Rodriguez

    $50

  • Joan Preztunik

    $25

  • Adam & Eileen Cohen

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Marissa

    $25

  • Jackie Shea

    $20

  • Marissa Malick Klein

    $100

  • Myles M

    $50

  • L & D Perkins

     

  • Fred King

    $100

  • Rick Shoenberger

    $100

  • Josh Miller

     

  • Wayne Parsons

    $100

  • Amanda

    $50

  • James Morgan

    $50

  • John James

    $50

  • Jawn Angus

    $50

  • Laura Rakowitz

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Pickle!

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Erica and Demetric Gosa

    $25

  • SUSAN KROSS

    $304.83

  • Mommy

     

  • Greg Neal

    $100

  • Kris Toole

    $25

  • Ron Franco

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • WILLIAM MELCHER

    $50

  • Jim Wolan

    $50

  • Jennifer Lengyel

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Jason Dent

    $100

  • Crystal Smith

     

  • Teressa

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Irv & Mercedes Goldfarb

    $50

  • Ryan and Brian Langle

    $25

  • Mark Buxbaum

    $100

  • Laura Campbell

    $100

  • Cindy and Paul Mattson

     

  • Rocco and Dominic

    $25

  • Michael DiVirgilio

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Frank Zimmerlich

    $75

  • Tom Ruff

    $100

  • Lisa Strandberg

    $50

  • Cordelia Lee Robb

    $100

  • Jamie Canning

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Craig Vagell & Katie Guenther

    $20

  • Nathan

     

  • Mom

    $64

  • omya

    $55

  • Cheryl Deignan

    $100

  • Mike R & Family

    $250

  • Kathie Tallman

    $50

  • Kelly Geus

    $25

  • Auntie Ann

    $50

  • Patricia Kross

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joan Sherry

    $50

  • Barbara Arabio

    $100

  • Michelle Pelan

     

  • Sara & Eric

    $25

  • Marsha and Rolando Maya

    $50

  • Jerry Rapella

     

  • Roger Marshall

    $50

  • Kristy

     

  • Todd Nunes

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Karen Woods

    $25

  • Dana Deignan

    $50

  • Dave Dreispan

     

  • LC

     

  • Robin Horlick

     

  • Jodie Deignan

    $50

  • Grandy

    $50

  • Hillary Clinton

     

  • Rollin and Becca

    $100

  • Katie Gordon

    $25

  • Kathleen Kross

    $250

  • John Rouse

    $100

  • The Carollo Family

     

  • Art Lincoln

    $300

  • Mike Markart

    $50

  • Mommy

    $126

  • Jaclyn Langer

     

  • Pickle

    $40

  • Hildred Wiggs

    $30

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178% Raised of$4,000 Goal

The Team: $60,882 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jamie-Lee Josselyn

Amount Raised

$13,151

 

132% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cara Quigley

Amount Raised

$10,552

 

106% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Megan Murray

Amount Raised

$7,120

 

178% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cassie Glenn

Amount Raised

$6,621

 

189% Raised of$3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Katie Graham

Amount Raised

$6,130

 

123% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Graham

Amount Raised

$3,836

 

110% Raised of$3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jonathan Kinne

Amount Raised

$3,825

 

109% Raised of$3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Allie Muchmore

Amount Raised

$3,320

 

95% Raised of$3,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Hildred Wiggs

Hildred Wiggs

DONATION: $30

May the memory of the love you and your sister shared, warm your heart for years to come. 2 years ago

Pickle

Pickle

DONATION: $40

Go Megan! 2 years ago

Jaclyn Langer

Jaclyn Langer

In Memory of Jason Langer 2 years ago

Mommy

Mommy

DONATION: $126

Megan, I am so proud of you for doing this for our Kathy. I know she is with you and rooting you on as is the whole family. I love you all the way up to the sky and way past California. Good Luck baby. Run like the wind! 2 years ago

Mike Markart

Mike Markart

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Art Lincoln

Art Lincoln

DONATION: $300

2 years ago

The Carollo Family

The Carollo Family

2 years ago

John Rouse

John Rouse

DONATION: $100

Megan, wishing you the best as you run for your sister and this important cause. 2 years ago

Kathleen Kross

Kathleen Kross

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Katie Gordon

Katie Gordon

DONATION: $25

This is such an important cause. You are an inspiration Megan- keep up the great work! 2 years ago