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Team Erika's Lighthouse - 2017 Chicago Marathon

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THE STORY:

 Friends and Family, as you now know, I have decided to run the 2017 Chicago Marathon for Erika's Lighthouse, an organization that educates communities about depression through programs to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and to empower teens to take change of their mental health. Many of you know that this organization really hits home for me. I attempted to take my own life when I was 15 years old, however, my attempt was not fatal. I was not expecting to still be here. I was not expecting to see another day. They call it “waking up alive”. I woke up alive to find Rachel, my little sister standing over me, shaking me conscious. I never thought I would see her face, or anyone’s for that matter, again. I had never been familiar with people with mental illnesses until I was diagnosed and went into the hospital and realized that this is an incredibly vulnerable community that is so silent. Many people I encountered at the hospital shared that they didn’t even know they had a mental illness. "They say time heals all wounds... I still have those thoughts every day. Every once in a while, I’ll think about it and go, 'why am I here? What’s keeping me bound to this, right here?' The people with the most intimate information about suicidal thoughts, feelings, and actions are those who have lived through such experiences. That is why I am here, to share my story. Talking about mental illness and suicide is not taboo, I want to raise awareness and help eliminate the stigma. An incredible way to support Erika's Lighthouse is to donate whatever you can, as well as, passing this fundraising page on to more friends and family. If you are unable to donate at this time, please consider cheering me on for the 26.2 miles in October.  Somewhere between 15%-20% of young people will develop depression before they reach adulthood (80% will go unrecognized and untreated) and 90-98% of those who take their life have a diagnosable mental disorder, the most common being depression. Failure to recognize the symptoms of depression and the stigma associated with mental illness prevents youth and families from getting the help they deserve - sometimes, even taking lives. Each dollar helps to support Erika's Lighthouse and free community educational programs that raise awareness of childhood and adolescent depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and promote early identification and treatment of depression. Depression education is our best hope to prevent suicide and spread good mental health. Join me and together let’s “GET DEPRESSION OUT OF THE DARK”




ERIKAS LIGHTHOUSE A BEACON OF HOPE FOR ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION wrote -

We believe that every young person deserves mental health and the right to a life full of purpose. We work to spread the message that although depression is common, and can be serious, you can get better. You are not alone. 

Committed to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is rapidly becoming one of the Midwest’s premier providers of middle school and high school depression awareness curricula, teen-to-teen outreach and online resources.

Join us in this movement and be a part of something bigger. Together we can Get Depression Out of the Dark!

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To This Fundraiser

$3,075

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rebecca Jones

    $50

  • Olga Stambler

    $50

  • Rachel and Aunt Sally

    $25

  • Vinny G

    $50

  • Grandma Kay

    $50

  • Aunt Karen

    $100

  • Odelia Polak

    $25

  • Lois and Stan

    $25

  • A. Marilyn & A. Bonnie

    $50

  • Frankie and Teddy

    $100

  • Andrew

    $100

  • Emmett

     

  • marthe

    $10

  • VanLear

    $50

  • Craig and Kay Wantoch

    $50

  • Jonathan Wagner

     

  • Cooper

    $100

  • Liz tumminello

     

  • Sheila S

     

  • Danielle Spiekhout

    $25

  • Andrew McCarthy

    $50

  • Ben

    $50

  • Mara Rubin

    $25

  • Hagit Lewis

    $50

  • Ken, sheryl, andrew, Melissa Austin

    $25

  • Joanna and Mike

     

  • Randy and Linda Gordon

     

  • Go Jessica!

     

  • Jay Goldstein

    $50

  • RK

     

  • Cheryl & Bob Sugar

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jenna Weinstein

    $25

  • Neill Videlefsky

    $50

  • Lauren Bass

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt Yonover

    $25

  • Benny Mathew

    $25

  • Elliot Carruthers

    $25

  • Rolando Montoya

    $50

  • Amy & Jason Conoly

     

  • Betty Jo

     

  • Max van Broek

    $25

  • Brian Joffe

    $10

  • Seth

    $50

  • Sue and Dave Lingo

    $50

  • Cindy P

    $50

  • CAROL ANNE KACZ

    $50

  • Andrew and Es

    $100

  • Marina Hayes

     

  • The Books

    $590

  • jaclyn freitag

    $25

  • Dad

     

  • Rabbi Paul Caplan

     

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103% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $61,091 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Angie Marchuk

Amount Raised

$6,345

 

212% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Karen Potocki

Amount Raised

$4,150

 

277% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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DeAnne Thomas

Amount Raised

$3,461

 

132% Raised of $2,620 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Jones

Amount Raised

$3,075

 

103% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Johnny Figel

Amount Raised

$2,425

 

162% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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mcmahon kimberly

Amount Raised

$2,200

 

147% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Emily Willig

Amount Raised

$2,000

 

133% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Katie Scholl

Amount Raised

$1,940

 

129% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Rabbi Paul Caplan

Rabbi Paul Caplan

1 week ago

Dad

Dad

Chicago Marathon 1 week ago

jaclyn freitag

jaclyn freitag

DONATION: $25

1 week ago

The Books

The Books

DONATION: $590

1 week ago

Marina Hayes

Marina Hayes

So inspiring! You got this! 1 week ago

Andrew and Es

Andrew and Es

DONATION: $100

Go Jess! 1 week ago

CAROL ANNE KACZ

CAROL ANNE KACZ

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Cindy P

Cindy P

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Sue and Dave Lingo

Sue and Dave Lingo

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Seth

Seth

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago