Peter Gould via Crowdrise
April 01, 2013
Every April I wonder why I didn't run the Boston Marathon. I have been running since 1980, and have run 5Ks, 10Ks, 10K+1s and 3 Half Marathons (the most recent was in November in Wayland).
I usually decide to think about it for "Next Year". Over the past few years our family has lost some people that we were very close with well before we should have lost them, to cancer, ALS and Teen Sudden Cardiac Arrest. That along with having been involved in the Patrick’s Pals Basketball tourney in support of finding a cure for Fragile X for the past 16 years has helped me to decide that this (2013) is "Next Year".
Running Boston is the only Marathon that I would want to run, and if I am going to train and do this - I want it to mean more than just a personal achievement.
Morgan has done some volunteer work at the Samaritans, and with that she has provided our family with an understanding of the sheer number of people that the organization helps. They do this with a dedicated volunteer staff. Nancy and I attended a session for the parents of the volunteer team, and it was an eye opener for both of us. Knowing about the services provided by Samaritans, and the financial needs required to continue to help, I am going to run the marathon as a fundraising effort.
Please see the information below, and watch the Acts of Kindness video - and think about supporting my fundraising efforts for the Samaritans
Samaritans wrote -
Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!!
Thank you for visiting the 2013 Samaritans Marathon Team homepage! Our team is raising awareness and funds for Samaritans, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide in Greater Boston and Metrowest. This year's event will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013.
Thanks to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, this is the sixth consecutive year that Samaritans has received bib numbers for our Marathon Team. All proceeds generated from this year's team will benefit Samaritans' suicide prevention services including our 24-hour crisis helplines, which answered over 125,000 calls last year; our prevention services that provide hundreds of Community Education and Outreach workshops annually; and our Grief Support Services that provide support to thousands for those who have lost a loved on to suicide. For more information about Samaritans life-saving programs, please visit our http://www.samaritanshope.org.
Last year's team raised an incredible $112,000 for Samaritans and we are hoping to build upon their success in 2013! There are many ways to help us reach our ambitious goal:
- Please consider making a donation. You can donation directly to one or more of our runners (see their individual pages below), or you can make a general donation to the entire team.
- Join our Team! Are you someone who has qualified to run the Boston Marathon or has received a bib number from another source and want to make your marathon experience more meanginful by training, running and fundraising with the Samaritans Team? Let us know! You can start by creating an free fundraising account here on Crowdrise, but please email Marathon Team Manager, Garrett Owen, and let him know as well!
- Want to fundraise with our team, even though you are not a runner? That's still OK! Feel free to create a Crowdrise account and start asking friends and family to make a donation. Our team greatly appreciates your help!
- Follow our team through Samaritans' Facebook and Twitter accounts! It's a fun way to support our runners and track their progress.
No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our confidential and anonymous befriending services remain available to the members of our community who are feeling lonely, desperate and suicidal. Thank you so much!