I am Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Samartians, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide.
I am honored to be a part of the Samartian's 2015 Boston Marathon team! The marathon will be held on Monday, April 20.
I am sharing my personal story to support the Samaritans and the support they offer the community. I am doing all I can to hopefully break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide, change the lives of others, offer support, to celebrate life, to honor those who have left us, and give everyone affected by mental illness and suicide HOPE for a better day!
THIS IS MY STORY
I have battled Bipolar Disorder all of my life.
Following a formal diagnosis in my mid- twenties I tried everything to gain control of my disorder. Sometimes I succeeded, other times I wasn't so lucky.
Unfortunately, like many others who live with mental illness, I lost people in my life who didn't understand. There were many times I felt alien, misunderstood, ignored, and alone.
Let's face it; this topic does not come up without stigma. It's okay to not understand. But when people are struggling alone it decreases their chances of survival.
I am a suicide attempt survivor
In 2010 I decided I need to take a different approach to living with, embracing, and surviving my disorder.
I laced up a pair of sneakers and went for a run!
Since then I've run countless running races everything from 5ks to half marathons, obstacle runs, and triathlons. I push myself physically which pushes me mentally and satisfies me emotionally.
Recently, dear friends of mine lost their baby sister, Allyson Marie Kramer, who left all who loved her heartbroken on July 18, 2013, at the young age of 13. I joined their team to run in her honor at the the Samaritan 5k. I ran with my heart and my soul in her honor and to help fund an organization, the Samartians, to provide services to individuals struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide 24/7 through hotlines, outreach, and more.
The Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.
I would like to take my once very dark experiences and make good use of these scars; to help others find themselves, find HOPE, and live a life they can enjoy. Therefore I will run 26.2 miles for all of us who have felt that darkness, that despair, and that alone while helping the Samaritans to get one step closer to helping another person by putting one foot in front of the other.
I survived, others deserve that chance as well. Please join me in my mission.
Help save a life by following my journey and participating in fundraising events to support my cause.
No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our services educating the public, helping to help after a loss to suicide, or providing lifesaving services for those feeling suicidal, remain free of charge to the members of our community. Thank you so much!
I thank you from the bottom of my heart
I welcome you to follow my journey on Facebook!