"I Run 4 Reills" As most of you know, earlier this summer I lost my oldest brother, Danny. The loss and saddness my family and I feel is immeasurable. Danny was a kind, funny, caring person, and a man whose family and children meant the world to him. It is almost too diffiuclt to put into words how much I love my brother and how much he will be missed. One of the most difficult parts of losing Danny, is how we lost him. We have been left with many questions, feelings that maybe we could have done more, disbelief that he was in so much pain, and an emptiness that he is no longer here. Mental health is a serious epidemic in the world today, and one whose stigma needs to be erased. People should not be ashamed to let someone know they are sick and ask for help. People need to be more educated on the fact that it is an illness just like any other disease, which can effect anyone and any family. People need to be aware of the resources available without being afraid to seek them. We need to ask the hard questions, and let people feel safe to share their stories. I needed to find a purpose through his loss. So on November 3, 2019 I am running the NYC marathon to raise money for the Samaritans of NYC. Please read more below about them, how much they have done, and continue to do for mental health education, and suicide prevention. I run to honor my brother. I run to honor his children. I run to honor our families. I run for the others suffering with mental illness in hopes they get treated the way they should. I run for other families who feel the pain and loss that we do. I run in hopes that no other individual or family has to go through this same sadness. Those who knew Danny know he was the most gifted runner of all the Reilly's, so hopefully his spirit and my love for him will help my legs get to the finish line. I ask all of you to help me to support this meaningful, amazing organization through your generous donations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Suicide Prevention Center is very excited to be a part of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon!
By making a donation to Samaritans 'Be A Friend' running team, you will be taking an important step in joining Samaritans staff and network of over 100 caring volunteers on our mission to prevent suicide.
Samaritans operates the only community-based organization in the NYC area devoted solely to helping people in distress and saving lives for over 30 years. In that time, hundreds of Samaritans volunteers responded to 1.3 million calls on our 24-hour crisis hotline, our public education program trained over 40,000 health providers and our support groups for survivors of suicide loss provided solace to over 1,000 people.
Your support will enable us to continue our important work as well as raise awareness about the current suicide epidemic and the keys to addressing it.