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I have embarked on a truly remarkable fundraising campaign and I am looking for your support to help me raise $10,000. On Monday, April 16, I have the privilege to run the 2018 Boston Marathon for the first time—every runner’s dream. I am one of four runners that have been given the honor to raise money for a truly extraordinary cause: Camp Kita. Camp Kita is a week-long suicide grieving camp for surviving kids between the ages of 8 and 17.
As many of you know, my brother committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 30. His pain was visible to no one. I was 33 years old and not one person around me knew what surviving a suicide was like. No one knew what to say to me or even how to act around me–and I was an adult. It was difficult and life was hard. Could you imagine being 8, 13 or 17 years old and learning how to live life again with such catastrophic loss? Me neither.
This charity is so near-and-dear to my heart because it is a haven for kids to be around kids who have gone through what they are going through and to learning to live with loss. It has been almost 13 years since my brother decided to take his life and I am still learning to deal with a hole in my heart with every new chapter in my life. I can’t imagine being a kid with my whole life ahead of me and dealing with suicide.
Camp Kita is a non-profit organization that started in 2013 by three siblings who lost their father to suicide. This safe-place is made possibly only by donations. There are no employees, only volunteers. 100% of your donations go toward camp rent, insurance, food and supplies for kids adjusting to loss.
Please help me raise $10,000.
The cost to send one kid to Camp Kita is around $800. Your tax-deductible donation will help me give 13 kids the opportunity to get the skills they need to cope. Your support for something so amazing is appreciated! You can read more about Camp Kita below.
Thank you–from the bottom of my heart.