Samaritans wrote -
Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!
On April 21, 2014, I will run the 118th Boston Marathon. I am running for the fourth time on the Samaritans' Marathon team for a reason much more important than the personal challenge of completing the 26.2 mile course. I hope you will consider being one of my sponsors for this event.
As you may know, I lost someone very near and dear to my heart, my cousin Christian Caldaroni, to suicide on May 31, 2005. Since then my life has been forever changed. I was introduced to the Samaritan's through their SafePlace support group. I now volunteer as a facilitator at the Quincy SafePlace group, on their Survivor to Survivor Network team and recently joined their Board of Directors. I know firsthand how important their services are to people like me and have seen how many others have benefited from all that they do. This organization has been a lifeline for me and my family, and I will be forever grateful for all of their help and support.
Thanks to the John Hanock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the seventh consecutive year that Samaritans has received bib numbers for our Marathon Team. At Samaritans, we believe that happiness, at its core, is based in the profound human connection that happens when we are heard, understood, and valued. Everyone deserves happiness, and everyone needs to be heard. All proceeds generated from this year's team will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services including our 24/7 Crisis Services including a new Crisis Text Line providing emotional support to young people via text. Last year, we answered over 142,000 calls and more than 900 chats; our prevention services reached almost 13,000 people through our Community Education and Outreach Program workshops; and our Grief Support Services provided more than 900 connections to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Each day - because of donors like you - Samaritans is able to provide a moment of light and hope to people who are struggling, isolated, or feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the warmth of a voice and the ear of someone who cares is all any of us needs to make it through a difficult moment. For more information about Samaritans life-saving programs, please visit us at www.samaritanshope.org.
Will you join me as a part of the team? I will do the running and together we will support their important mission to reduce the risk of suicide and not let another person endure the pain of losing someone they love to suicide. I have committed to raising $10,000 this year to help in these efforts.
No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our confidential and anonymous befriending services remain available to the members of our community who are feeling lonely, desperate and suicidal.
Thank you for your continued support!
In Loving Memory of Christian Caldaroni
10/10/74 - 5/31/2005