My career has involved working with youth at the secondary school level in Vancouver for over 30 years. As an educator, I am aware of the many challenges teens face today as they develop into young adults. I also appreciate the devastating impact suicide has on friends and family as I lost a nephew to suicide in January of 2009. It is more than apparent to me how important it is to heighten awareness in our communities around this issue. I am committed to helping in any way I can to prevent youth in our society from feeling alone and offering ways in which they can reach out to get help for their feelings of desperation. After our family lost my nephew, Matthew, I thought that I could help by volunteering to take a position on the Board of the Josh Platzer Society, thereby supporting youth in my local communities. I also joined a run/walk clinic with the goal of running the same Seattle Marathon event as my nephew had done prior to his death. With much trepidation, I ran it in November of 2009. Since then I have completed 9 half-marathons. This year my challenge is to run a FULL marathon in on May 3rd. The Josh Platzer Society has been an Official Charity in the RUN4HOPE with the Vancouver Marathon since 2012, its inaugural year. We are back this year- 2015- to do it again! It is my hope-that the 25 volunteers that we will provide, the runners who commit to run for our society, and the opportunity to spread awareness of this issue and our charity through the network of the Vancouver Marathon & all facets of social media will have a positive effect on bringing this issue forward and prevent the loss of wonderful people who have a lifetime of potential they have yet to realize. This is why I will run!