(Boston) – More than 2,500 runners, walkers, families and team members will support Samaritans’ mission to prevent suicide at the 15th annual “Run For Someone Else’s Life” 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival on Saturday, September 28th along the Charles River.
The importance of a caring, compassion community is emphasized at the event, in which more than 150 teams will be organized in memory of loved ones lost to suicide. Money raised from registration fees, pledges and corporate sponsorships will help Samaritans and its volunteers ease the despair, pain and loneliness suffered by so many individuals in our area. Samaritans believes that when people are heard and feel comforted, our entire community benefits.
One of the inspiring teams participating in this year’s event that has experienced the life-changing work of Samaritans is Edward’s Team, captained by Donalda Hingston for the twelfth consecutive year.
“The death of my son, Edward, on March 15, 2001 brought me to Samaritans, Inc. With the help of many, I was guided through those horrible days to follow to find help and guidance in the Samaritans. They have been my lifeline. I am so grateful to all the wonderful staff for their kindness and understanding.
My first 5K Walk/Run in 2001 was six months after Edward’s death. I wasn’t sure I could handle it; however, I talked it over with my children and we all agreed that we would not only be walking in Edward’s memory, but also to help others. “Edward’s Team 2001” took first place for the amount raised. It was an emotional time. We all felt that Edward was with us in spirit. We have been continuing to reach our goals each year in his memory. He may be gone, but never forgotten.
It’s my mission to help one person or one family from having to go through such a drastic experience and help raise awareness of suicide prevention. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by supporting Edward's Team for the 15th Annual Samaritans 5K (taking place on Saturday, September 28th at Artesani Park in Brighton) and taking a step towards saving someone else's life.”
Samaritans is a locally based non-profit organization, and all of the proceeds generated from the 5K stay in Massachusetts and fund life-saving services, including our 24/7 helplines, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Samaritans’ staff, volunteers and 5K participants are excited for the 15th Annual 5K, the only suicide prevention walk in the Commonwealth that provides financial support to the 24/7 crisis lines answered by Samaritans, including calls answered from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
This year’s event hopes to raise more than $350,000 for Samaritans’ mission to reduce the incidence of suicide in the Greater Boston and Metrowest community. Donations are still being accepted. If you would like to make a donation to Edward’s Team, please visit their fundraising webpage found at www.samaritans5K.org
More about Samaritans
The Samaritans is a premier suicide prevention organization serving the Greater Boston and Metrowest areas. Over the past 39 years, Samaritans volunteers have answered more than 1.5 million phone calls to its 24/7 and Samariteens telephone helplines. The agency has also trained more than 4,000 volunteers and instructed more than 100,000 individuals through its community education and outreach programs. Thousands of individuals and families have been helped through the Samaritans’ grief support groups.
For more information on the Samaritans please visit www.samaritanshope.org or call 617-536-2460.
Samaritans 24/7 helplines:
· Boston 617-247-0220
· Samaritans Statewide Toll Free Helpline 877-870-HOPE (4673)
· Teens: 800-252-TEEN (8336)