The Boston Marathon holds a special place in my family and has been a part of my life since I was a child. I remember fondly as my Mom would bring myself, my sister Andrea, my sister Karen, and my sister Debbie to Washington Square in Brookline, so that we could cheer the runners on marathon Monday each April. The Samaritans champion a cause that is near and dear to myself and my family, as we have been personally impacted by tragedy with the loss of both my mother in 2005 and my sister in 2012 to suicide. My mother and sister both cherished the Boston Marathon and myself, my son Christopher, my daughter Alexis and my niece Jennifer have all successfully completed the marathon, paying tribute to their enduring memory and championing a number of charitable causes throughout the years. The 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy particularly touched my family, as my daughter Alexis and niece Jennifer crossed the finish line as the bomb's explosion rang out through the air. My family has run the Boston Marathon each and every year since 2013, in loving memory of my mother, my sister and all the lives touched by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Every 14 hours someone in Massachusetts dies by suicide.
It often leaves family and loved ones in shock, wondering “Why?” Too many families have suffered this painful loss, but there is hope. You can help save lives by supporting Samaritans’ Marathon Team today.
Trained volunteers listen day and night offering support to people who are struggling or feeling suicidal on our call or text Helpline. Last year we answered 79,711 calls and texts.
Our SafePlace meetings and Survivor to Survivor visits help those who have lost a loved one to suicide deal with the unique grief of a suicide loss.
Samaritans’ free Suicide Prevention Workshops - in schools, businesses, and community groups - teach teens and adults how to recognize that someone might be suicidal and how to help themselves, a friend, classmate, or co-worker.
Thanks to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program and our amazing dedicated runners, this is the 11th consecutive year that Samaritans has a Boston Marathon Team. All funds raised by our runners will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services. To learn more about Samaritans and suicide prevention, visit us at samaritanshope.org.
Read some of the stories from our team members, give, and help spread the word! YOU can help save a life!
Feeling hopeless? We're here to listen. Call or text us at 877-870-HOPE (4673).
If you have secured your own bib for the Boston Marathon and are interested in joining the Samaritans Team, please contact Sarah Cahill at email@example.com.