Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/facts-about-suicide.
"The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them."
I am currently training for my second IRONMAN. For those of you who don't know, an IRONMAN is a triathlon race that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.
For this race, I have decided to raise funds for the It Gets Better Project.
If you could contribute to this cause that would be fantastic, but remember that being supportive and reaching out to ANY individual may be the one thing that stops them from taking their lives. I encourage everyone to be an ally to all and teach children, friends, and family to do the same.
As a fun way to fundraise, I am asking individuals to “sponsor” a mile of my race. I will then find some way to acknowledge each sponsor on race day.
I am asking for:
$100 per half mile swimming
$20 per mile biking
$50 per mile running
That makes my total goal: $4,050
And of course $20 is not a minimum. The It Gets Better Project can put every dollar to good use.
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