The Ithaca Journal featured an article about 2013 alumna Michele Lee, who will be running the Boston Marathon this spring to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In 2005, Lee’s father, who was a Public Safety officer at Ithaca College, took his own life after struggling with depression. A few years after his death she and her family connected with the AFSP. She has been dedicated to helping others cope with a loved one’s suicide, and reducing the stigma around depression ever since.
“[The AFSP has] done so much for me over the years, they’ve been there for our family when we needed something to turn to, and to be able to do this is such an honor — to give back what they’ve given us,” Lee told the newspaper.
She hopes to raise $11,000 and will be holding a benefit in Dryden on Feb. 20. Details about the benefit can be found in the Ithaca Journal article.