Community support pushes 'Running with Derek' to new heights
To The Editor,
I just wanted to thank people for their participation and support of my efforts to help the Samaritans, Inc. in my brother Derek’s memory, by running in the Boston Marathon next Monday, April 21. I want to thank East Bay Newspapers for publishing the story “Running for Derek” in the East Bay Life, April 2-3 edition.
The story generated a huge amount of interest and support, and produced numerous random acts of kindness by so many people. I’ve been contacted by many people who have been impacted by the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide, which have truly touched my heart and speaks directly to the reason I have chosen to run the marathon for Derek. I encourage anyone looking for more information on suicide to reach out to myself and the Samaritans for further support.
The response I have received has been nothing short of remarkable, as my original fundraising goal was set at $12,500 and as of today, we are closing in on $30,000! The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming in its generosity and is a huge emotional and physical lift to me. With this kind of “wind at my back,” I know I will cross the finish line and will be thinking of each and every one of you every step of the way!
It’s important to note that John Hancock is the sponsor of the Boston Marathon who awards and manages all the non-profit fundraising efforts. There are more than 100 approved non-profit teams. Our efforts at fundraising in Derek’s memory have not only made history as the top fundraiser ever for the Samaritans, but I am also in the top 20 fundraisers out of the thousands of runners within John Hancock in this year’s marathon. An incredible accomplishment, thanks to your participation!
We know that people continue to keep our family in their thoughts, hearts and prayers on a regular basis and that support is important to us and enabled us to move forward. Thank you for your support, it truly means so much to me.