Finishing the Boston Marathon has been a dream of mine for many years. Running has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a kid; those closest to me know how passionate I am about running and the huge role that it plays in my life.
Within recent years, one of the most profound and life-changing decisions I have made was to join the Samaritans, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide in Greater Boston. I have been privileged to work directly with the Samaritans as a weekly volunteer on their 24-hour helpline since February of 2011. No matter what happens on any given shift, I always feel proud to be a Samaritan by the time I leave each shift. I am so inspired by our work that I have recently taken on more responsibility with the organization including mentoring new Samaritans, captaining a team of Samaritans volunteers at the Samaritans annual 5K, helping with information session interviews, assisting with role plays during training classes, and becoming an on-call homeleader. The mission of Samaritans is an integral part of my life, and my passion to spread this mission is only getting stronger.
When I found out that the Samaritans had bibs for the Boston Marathon, taking place this year on April 15th, my dreams took off. I can’t think of a better way to combine my energy and drive as a runner with my spirit and passion as a Samaritan than to run the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Samaritans.
As a volunteer for the Samaritans, I am aware of the lifesaving services that the Samaritans provide. I have been fortunate to experience the reward of befriending our callers on the helpline. But I want to do more. I want to run for the people in despair who are not always able to get through to the helpline. I want to run for the people who are so alone that they are unaware altogether that the Samaritans even exists. I want to run for my friends at the Samaritans who have experienced heart-breaking loss to suicide within their own families. I want to run for students, for veterans, and for our neighbors across the street who simply have nobody else to turn to. It is my hope that with every dollar I raise, every stride I make, and with every glance I take down at my Samaritans wristband, I am making it possible for someone else to find a friend at the Samaritans.
Thank you so much for supporting my personal fundraising effort for the Samaritans Marathon team!
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