May 18, 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Hello friends, family, acquaintances, strangers,
It is thought that the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, or known lost. 13 months ago, a dear friend of mine had been in somewhat of a struggle. So, like many people around the world, he felt he had no other choice than to end his pain. Sadly, suicide will never end the pain, because it passes it on to others.
Erika’s Lighthouse is the charity I will be running for in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Erika’s Lighthouse is a teen depression and mental health education organization that provides free, effective programming to schools in 18 different states. Depression is the leading cause of suicide and it is extremely common. I would be honored if you would help support me in my journey, because I believe this education is so crucial and necessary to all of our friends, families, and children.
100% of all donations go towards Erika’s Lighthouse and helps them provide the guidance, materials, and support we need to implement depression and mental health education programs.
Joe Jed, I am running in honor of you and the great soul you were, and to spread awareness to all those who have been affected or are affected by depression and suicide. I am running for all of those people who are no longer with us because of depression or mental illness, as well as their friends and families. I am also running for those with mental illnesses that are keeping the fight going, we are in this together. Angelica, you will always be my best friend no matter how many days we go without talking or seeing each other. I’ll also be thinking of you on October 9th as I run for you, Joe, and many others who have suffered with mental illnesses.
We need you and your love and your strength.
You are loved, and you are not alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
ERIKAS LIGHTHOUSE A BEACON OF HOPE FOR ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION wrote -
Erika’s Lighthouse is proud to announce that we are an official Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity!
An incredible way to support Team Erika's Lighthouse is to help us meet our fundraising goal by donating whatever you can, as well as, passing the Team Erika's Lighthouse fundraising page on to friends and family.
Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Our goal is to help communities develop a culture that allows open discussion about mental health so we can overcome stigma and encourage early identification and treatment of teen depression - protecting young lives.
We meet our goals by providing free and effective educational programming and materials targeted towards middle school and high school communities that share the message that depression is common, yet treatable. You are not alone.
Depression education is our best hope to prevent suicide and help schools to create a culture of good mental health. Please join us and together let's "GET DEPRESSION OUT OF THE DARK!"