Supporting Those Who Need It The Most: Suicide Prevention

A few friends and I have had the honor of working with the Samaritans for the past several years. The Samaritans, a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention offers a variety of counseling, education, event and support services throughout the greater Boston area. This past weekend was the annual 5k Run/Walk Family Fun Festival honoring victims of suicide and offering support to their families and the community. This year instead of running in it, a few friends and I (and one of my dogs) handed out balloons to people to help brighten their day. We supplied markers so people could write a message or a name on the balloon if they wished and then release the balloon to the sky.

This year’s event was made even more special for me because I met and worked with Carlos Arredondo, most recently made famous for his heroic efforts during the Boston Marathon Bombings. You may remember him on the front page of many newspaper and magazine covers wearing a cowboy hat and jumping in to save people during the explosions that occurred this past April at the Boston Marathon finish line. One image in particular that people may recall is him holding together the artery of a young man who had just had his legs blown off.

By clicking on the link with Carlos’ name you can read his story and better understand why he was also volunteering at the Samaritins’ event. As always, I had a wonderful time at the event and found it a great example of positivity and human compassion. It’s beautiful to see so much love and support among people who had so much to feel sad and depressed about.

Here are a few images from the day

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Nothing like a best friend bringing you a can of “bring your own bears” on a tough day. Maybe not the healthiest, but it did make me smile 🙂 

A Lucky Butterfly

Yesterday I had lunch with a very special friend of mine. As we were catching up on the craziness of life the following extra special life occurrences were brought up: He got a new job, I got a new job, I celebrated my birthday and his sisters are both pregnant. He also told me during the lunch that one of his sisters, who has battled various types of cancer since she was a teen was recently diagnosed with cancer yet again. This time while she is pregnant. As we discussed this very troubling and austere news the above butterfly landed on my napkin. I think it is a sign of good luck.

 I want to share this lucky butterfly with you all, may it bring all the good to your lives.