Virtual Race to Support Veterans (PTSD/TBI) & Mental Health Awareness
Run or walk a 5k/10k anywhere, anytime, with anyone on April 11, 2020. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Arredondo Family Foundation to support veterans & mental health awareness.
Words from the host of the virtual race, Melissa:
As many of you know: I love running , the city of Boston (as I was born right outside of it) and I’m a huge supporter of our military & veterans. In honor of my cousin - Nick, I will be running the Boston Marathon on 9/14/2020. Nick was a Marine with one of the kindest souls that you’d ever meet. He was a son, a Brother, a friend and an overall amazing person. Words (truly), cannot describe him. In honor of him; my family, his Brothers and Sisters from the military and all of his family/friends, I am fundraising to support our military/vets in this time of need.
Our military gives us so much and they need us. Per day, they are facing (on average), 20 suicides. 20! I have no words. All I want to do is help in (at least), some small way.
Our military who gives their lives for us to live and speak freely each and every day in this country, deserve better. They deserve so much more. We owe them. We owe them more than we could ever repay them.
The organization that I am fundraising for lives with the same pain that my family does each day and they also want and do help our vets. They help to support vets with PTSD in so many wonderful ways. We MUST raise awareness and give more services towards veteran - PTSD or else. There really is no other choice. These amazing people give everything for us.
They provide support for military families in many different ways: referrals to after-care so families can meet with support groups and also a therapist if necessary, provide QPR suicide prevention training so that families and friends are able to be aware of how to prevent another military related suicide, holiday support to families who have lost someone to suicide as well as veterans, military and Gold Star families and more!
Please remember, each morning that you wake up knowing that you live in a free world, we have our military to thank. Now, they need us..
All politics aside, we are allowed to live in a country where we can speak so freely because so many have fought for us to live this way.
Thank you for all of your support.
The mission of the Arredondo Family Foundation is to empower the Veterans’ community including military families and friends in the prevention of military related suicides and to provide support through education and services. The Foundation also provides suicide prevention training to the community at large. The Arredondo Family Foundation is also providing suicide prevention and support services to Spanish-speaking communities through Massachusetts.