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Running for The Samaritans, Brian & Alex Arredondo, and Carey Montserrat

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

Charles Laurent

THE STORY:

On December 28,2011, a former classmate from my high school graduation class of 1988 took his own life. A poet, musician, artist, and impactful human being,Carey Montserrat reached out to many of his old classmates using social media in the weeks leading up to his death. I was one of those classmates, and after hearing that he had committed suicide, I was left wondering what more I could have done for my old friend. Time passed, but I never stopped wondering about Carey. Then, the tragedy of the Boston marathon bombing occurred in April of 2013. Having lived in Brighton, Newton, and Natick over the course of ten-plus years and having run the marathon twice, I felt an immediate connection to the runners, spectators, and first responders. Like many, the picture of Carlos Arredondo saving the life of Jeff Bauman became seared into my psyche. I vowed on that day that I would do something to make a positive impact. I soon formed my own solo running "team" that I named "Run Inspired," and I began running. I also began to reach out, and by June of 2013, I had connected with Melida Arredondo and learned the tragic story of Carlos' boys, Alex and Brian. I made a point to join Team Brian Arredondo for the Samaritan 5k and set a fund raising goal of $1000. By race day I had raised almost $800. At race day I had the chance to finally meet Melida and talk to Carlos. More importantly, I had the chance to don a Team Brian Arredondo tee shirt, pin Alex and Brian buttons to it, and run in their memory as well as for all those lost needlessly to suicide, especially our country's veteran heroes. Yesterday I completed the BAA half marathon, again in honor of Carlos, Melida, Brian, Alex, and yes, my old friend Carey. Running the marathon one year after it all began would help complete this inspired circle of my life and set my trajectory for years to come. One where I work to bring awareness to suicide, mental health, and the incredible work done by the Samaritans.

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