Run For One
Well, it's been a while since I've written. This post is to highlight something that was a major part of my life the past few months, as well as a fun little design project.
On October 23rd, I ran the LOCO Half Marathon in Newmarket, NH. Those who know me are aware that I've never run more than 5 miles in my life, so there had to be a good reason for me to put myself through 13.1 miles. This past spring, someone very close to me attempted suicide. It was life-changing, and I have since begun to look at the world in a very different light. I am lucky enough to still have that person by my side today, however others are not as fortunate. I ran 13.1 miles to raise money for suicide and mental health awareness, donating all proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
There is no single cause for suicide. Those who struggle with mental health fight an everyday battle, and they are unbelievably strong. Hope is essential, and my goal has been to act as a beacon of hope for those who cannot find it on their own. If the money raised helps even one person, it will have changed the lives of so many. I called the campaign Run for One. Part of my fundraising strategy was designing t-shirts, which I sold for $20, donating 100% of the proceeds to the AFSP fund.