Yup, that's me on the left. Looking determined and intimidating as ever. Taking a break from a rigorous game of soccer for what appears to be a retro 1996 Gatorade.
First off, I just want to thank you for visiting my page. I am excited to be competing in the Empire State Half-Marathon this year on October 21, 2012. This is my first half-marathon, and first step towards my ultimate goal of some day running a full-marathon. With that being said, I thought that I would use this as an opportunity to raise money for a cause I feel strongly about, while also using your support as an added motivator during the race, and the time leading up to it.
Over the past several years I have noticed what appears to be an increase in the number of bullying incidences occurring in our society. Some of these incidences gain public notice, and media coverage, while others slip right past us without any attention being paid to them. Once thought of as simply “physical intimidation”, bullying has taken on a whole new form as our society has evolved. With the increase in cell phone usage, social media, and other online platforms, things have gotten even worse, especially for children and teens. Bullying can lead to children appearing sad, moody, or anxious. It can also lead to avoiding school, withdrawing from social activities, experiencing a drop in grades, and in some of the worse incidences can lead to deep depression and even suicide.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization, providing crisis and suicide prevention services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Their mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including their nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. The hope is that by providing these services we will have a future where the possibilities, opportunities and dreams are the same for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
So regardless of your sexual orientation please support my efforts with whatever you can and know that I truly appreciate it. The donations you provide are going to a worthy cause, and will be the difference in the lives of many young children and teens throughout the country. With your support I know that I will be running for much more than just the race.
For more information on The Trevor Project, visit their website at www.thetrevorproject.org