BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Thanks for taking time to visit my page and donate to a tremendous cause. I am pleased to be part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 2017 NYC Marathon Team this year. Over the past few months I have struggling on determining how I could put my new foundlove of running to good use. Friends have often come to me over the past few months stating that I should I should run in the NYC Maratjhon. I would always brush it off and state "Do you know how impossible it is to get picked in the lottery for the NYC Marathon?". The rebuttle would always be you can always fundraise to good cause to make your way into the marathon. I have often thought about this apporach, but never could come up with a charity that I deemed to be passionate about. Over the last few weeks, I have really given it some thought as I really needed a challenge in my life. I needed something to excite me. It then came to me. It seems like every day I am reading of a teen suicide, which often pains me to read. I am often reminded of some of the struggles that I had gone through during my high school years. During high school, one of my good friend's brother had committed suicide. I remember how devestating it was and is till this day on the family. They will never be the same. I'm sure they will always have it in the back of their minds trying to understand what would make him so upset that would cause him to take his life. Was it something they did? Was there something they could have done differently? These are some of the questions they must live with everyday, hoping that eventually these thoughts would go away. My friend's brother was an extremely popular athlete in school and I remember the mood when the news first hit. The school was in mourning for days. There was little to no laughter in the halls, let alone any talking. The school was a morgue. It would eventually put me in a dark place, because it seemed like there was no way out of feeling the pain that we were all feeling from the loss of one of our classmates. Sure, there were times where I, and I'm sure many others, struggled to find any meaning in life. Luckily, for me, I was surrounded by some great family and friends, many of whom, were teammates on football where I could share the joys of winning a state championship and eventually going on to play football in college. This campaign is for those who are on the daily struggle of trying to find meaning with their lives. For those who were not as lucky as me in having great support from family and friends to pick me up when I'm down, to get my mind out of the gutter. Please help support a program that tries to find better ways to prevent suicide, create a culture that's smart about mental health, and brings hope to those affected by suicide. Please help me raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In order to complete in the NYC Marathon, I need to raise $3,000 by October 31st, 2017. Any way that you can help support a great cause is very much appreciated. I hope to see you all cheering the team on on November 5th. Thanks in advance!!!