In the 15 year history of the Samaritans 5K, Edward’s Team has participated in 12 events. Take a moment to read why Team Captain, Donalda Hingston, believes the Samaritans 5K is a day of helping and healing.
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 for their kindness and understanding.
My first 5K Walk/Run in 2001 was six months after Edward’s death. It was an emotional time. 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. I am proud that “Edward’s Team 2001” was the top fundraising team, and we all felt that Edward was with us in spirit throughout the day. We have been continuing to reach our goals each year in his memory. He may be gone, but never forgotten.
Through my involvement with Samaritans and the annual 5K, it’s become my mission to help prevent one person or one family from having to go through such a drastic experience, and help raise awareness for suicide prevention and hope for those who are struggling.