Running in 2017 for Brookline Community Mental Health Center

TEAM BROOKLINE

Team Brookline 2017 Marathon Event Page

Brookline, Massachusetts

Running in 2017 for Brookline Community Mental Health Center

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page! I am excited to announce that I am running my first marathon and it's the Boston Marathon!

A little under 4 years ago, I got to experience my first ever Boston Marathon (as a spectator of course).   It was something I had wanted to experience for a long time. Being a runner, I love the thrill and excitement of watching running events and the feeling of my heart racing being at the starting line.  That being said, I was really excited to watch the marathon when I got here. My roommate and I spent most of the day at the finish line, watching the elite runners, the charity runners, and everyone in between come in, and I loved the excitement of being there.  It was also the year of the bombing and we were about 150 yards away from the explosions.  It was something I never would have expected to happen.

Running for me has always been a way to get away from anything bad happening, a way to challenge myself, and a way to be surrounded by an amazing group of athletes. The events changed that for me. I went from loving the race atmosphere to wanting to get out of there as fast as I could. After the marathon, I started running more again to help cope.  Running races and finish lines became associated with fear for me, and I didn’t want that. I wanted to prove to myself that I could enjoy the sport that I love and not be afraid. After that experience, I promised myself that I would run the Boston Marathon one day to take back a sport I love, run for all of those who were impaced by the bombings, and prove to myself that running was safe. I wrote a CNN ireport after the bombings which you can check out here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1063995

I'm running the Boston Marathon for charity to raise money for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. Mental Health Services is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. When I was little, having counseling in elementary school helped me cope with my mom's death.  After, the bombing, meeting with a Social Worker several times helped me process the events, learn really useful coping strategies, and helped me overcome being scared of crowds, loud noises, and walking down Boylston Street. I also  I have a very close family member who has been struggling with mental illness and addiction for many years. I've seen and experienced how hard it is to navigate the mental health system in parts of the country and strongly feel that he wouldn't be in the crisis he's in today if there were more resources put into mental health and a more open discussion about mental health.

About The Brookline Community Mental Health Center : It serves individuals and families experiencing adverse life circumstances and mental health issues. They provide access to high quality and affordable care to the community.  Having easy access to mental health services is vital for making communities and our nation stronger.

Please join me in supporting the good work that Brookline Community Mental Health Does!

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Thanks!

Ashley

 

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