BENEFITING: To Write Love on Her Arms
EVENT DATE: Nov 17, 2013
I could say that "someone close to me struggled with suicide and self abuse" - but let's just be honest. It was me. I was that girl who dealt with self abuse and suicidal thoughts. I was the girl who was dignoised with bipolar and then PTSD.
You know the "ending" to this story. I found "To Write Love On Her Arms" (TWLOHA) and it changed me. Blah blah blah. Actually through the suicide hotline, self abuse hotline, therapy, and medication I am better now.
However, the facts remain. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. 18 million - yes, I said million - people suffer from depression in the US alone, with 30% of teenagers who have depression also developing a substance abuse problem.
TWLOHA helped me in more ways then one. Like I said, their website gave me hope. But taking it a step farther, TWLOHA helps fund hotlines and awareness for mental illnesses, abuse, and suicide. The programs that they donate to are found here. They cross racial and social lines to get help where it is needed.
Please consider donating to TWLOHA. I will be running the Rock and Roll San Antonio Marathon (26.2 miles) for TWLOHA as a way to reach my goal. I would like to encourage you to donate $26.20 towards my goal - one doller per mile I will run - but any amount is amazing.
Thank you for your time,