After graduating from Appalachian State University, I began working at Mountain Youth Academy, which is a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth. While most people hear “at-risk youth” and think of a detention center, this facility focused on helping youth who have experienced horrible trauma. The majority of these teenagers had resorted to self-harm and many of them had attempted or contemplated suicide. It broke my heart to see young people, who had so much life ahead of them, want to end their lives. This is why I want to change this and help prevent future suicidal actions.
Another thing I began doing after graduating from App was running, and I realized how much passion I have for this form of exercise. During the next couple of months, I will be combining these two passions. I am going to run in the United Airlines Half Marathon in New York City on March 15, 2015. While this will be my second half marathon, it is going to feel a lot different because I am partnering with a charity called the Samaritans of New York.
Samaritans of New York is a non-profit organization that focuses on preventing the 10th leading cause of death in this country. They offer several different support groups for people of all ages who have attempted or contemplated suicide as well as support groups for individuals who have been affected by others committing suicide. They also have a 24-hour crisis hotline that anyone can call confidentially and speak to someone when they need help. All of these resources are free to everyone, so I am helping them raise money in order to continue providing these resources to others. I have pledged to raise $500 for this organization as part of the Samaritans Be a Friend Running Team.
I am asking for your help to accomplish this goal. I would like you to be a sponsor and pledge a dollar for every mile I run. This comes out to an amount of $13, but any amount will count towards this important cause.
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