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Lauren's 8th run for Josh and to end teen suicide

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BENEFITING: JOSH ANDERSON FOUNDATION

EVENT: JAF's 8th Annual Running to Remember Josh

EVENT DATE: Mar 11, 2017

THE STORY:

March 11th will mark my 8th run in Josh's memory and to end teen suicide. Close to eight years ago, we lost Josh to suicide. I still remember the day when I found out so clearly. I was in my last semester of college and it was one of those early spring days. Charlottesville was buzzing with the energy only a new season brings. Students sprinkled the lawn throwing frisbees and footballs. Sandals and shorts were broken out after a long hiatus in the closet. I was enjoying my last few months of college stress-free, as I had already accepted a job and my only responsibility was to spend time with friends, attend parties, and enjoy the beautiful campus I had spent the last four years of my life. The news that my baby brother had ended his own life cut through this scene with the sharpness of a knife. Life as I knew it was over. Shortly after, I decided to run the 2010 DC Marathon in memory of Josh. I vowed to use my training as a way to connect with him. In those early months, I used that time to ask him questions and tell him things I hadn't ever explicitly told him. Did he know how much I loved and missed him? Would he look over me as I was embarking on this new and scary adult life? Money raised from this first run laid the foundation for what is now The Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF). I left the job I had accepted after two years and moved back home to see what we could do to stop other teens, just like Josh, from ever taking their own life. Today, The Josh Anderson Foundation is making an impact on teen lives and it’s all in thanks to supporters like you. Each dollar you've donated has helped us develop and bring mental health awareness programs directly to schools and teens. Since JAF's incorporation in 2012, we have brought programs to 48 schools and reached over 80,000 students with messages of help and hope. In early 2016, JAF realized the opportunity to further the scope of mental health promotion and deepen its impact on student’s mental wellness through the development of our minds matter (OMM). OMM is a student-led club model which equips students with the resources and tools to change their school culture around mental health. Through group activities and school-wide promotion, our minds matter clubs will help set the tone around mental health in their school community to be one that encourages students to seek help for themselves and friends and one that promotes social connectedness and the development of healthy habits and coping skills. Since launching OMM in November 2016, there are already 14 schools who are developing OMM clubs and many more with interest. Your donation directly affects JAF's ability to spread this peer-based prevention model and put into place evaluative measures to monitor the program, make iterative changes and take the model to scale. Our lofty but important goal is to bring OMM to every high school in the country! Now it is imperative that we expand our capacity at just the right pace to make sure we're effectively impacting students - and your dollars helps us do just this! Help us stop teen suicide by making a donation today.

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$13,119

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jim and Donna Blough

    $200

  • The Godins

    $100

  • Maia Lucier

    $25

  • Terry Forch

     

  • Tabby Katt

    $50

  • Megan Hannigan

    $50

  • Luke Morgan

    $25

  • Melanie Kahn

    $50

  • Kristin and Billy May

     

  • Karen Ehrensaal

    $100

  • Deb Boyden

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Pat G

    $50

  • Sarah Lu

    $25

  • Esther Zuckerman

    $25

  • Bill C

     

  • Brittany Beran

     

  • Tim and Sue Anderson

    $2,000

  • Jack and Cathy Rosenquist

     

  • Brandon Brown

     

  • Eliza

    $100

  • Natasha Sheibani

    $50

  • Esther Pyon

    $25

  • Mike

    $100

  • Kelly and Chris Prandoesing (Roesing)

    $50

  • Sammy & Flint Reilly

     

  • Peter Comstock

    $25

  • Danny Leonard

    $50

  • The Cooks - Caroline, Jeanne, Corinne, and Patrick

    $50

  • Kelly O'Meara

     

  • Tom Simonetti

    $100

  • Jessie Evans

    $100

  • Christian Simon

    $50

  • Jenny Presser-Kroll

     

  • Ari Helfman

    $25

  • Jan & David Rockwell

    $100

  • Josh Yearout

     

  • Phil Anderson

    $100

  • Anne Atwood

    $300

  • Todd and Deborah Rosenblum

    $500

  • Mary Ann Panarelli

     

  • Sarah Senty

     

  • Harry Iverson

    $50

  • Scott and Shelly Forrester Fund

    $1,149

  • PWC via anonymour

    $10

  • Novartis via Jeffrey Huisman

    $150

  • Patty Anderson

     

  • Gerry & Mary Anderson

    $5,000

  • Chris Russo

    $50

  • Kimberly Germain

     

  • Carrie Beaudreau

    $100

  • Michael, Jessica & Evan

     

  • Brett Fuller

    $100

  • Abha Patel

     

  • Alli Fries

    $50

  • Michelle and Todd Kingsley

    $100

  • Brandon Brown

     

  • Cheryl Buffo

    $25

  • Tyler Anderson

    $100

  • Graham & Lorraine

    $50

  • Merriam and Chris Clubb

    $250

  • The Hunter Family....Julia, Emily, and Danielle

     

  • Martha Armour

    $100

  • Nadine Durham

    $100

  • Corinne

    $25

  • Su Kim

    $100

  • Aras Jizan

     

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Donor Comments

Aras Jizan

Aras Jizan

for Liam 1 year ago

Su Kim

Su Kim

DONATION: $100

Hope everyone had a great day at the race! 1 year ago

Corinne

Corinne

DONATION: $25

Much love for ALL of you 1 year ago

Nadine Durham

Nadine Durham

DONATION: $100

Best to you and all the runners. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers. Run Hard!! 1 year ago

Martha Armour

Martha Armour

DONATION: $100

In Memory of my nephew, Josh Anderson 1 year ago

The Hunter Family....Julia, Emily, and Danielle

The Hunter Family....Julia, Emily, and Danielle

Josh will always be remembered; thank you for your work. 1 year ago

Merriam and Chris Clubb

Merriam and Chris Clubb

DONATION: $250

Love and Good Luck! 1 year ago

Graham & Lorraine

Graham & Lorraine

DONATION: $50

Great cause well done our thoughts with you 1 year ago

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson

DONATION: $100

For #33 1 year ago

Cheryl Buffo

Cheryl Buffo

DONATION: $25

1 year ago