WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
First, I hope sharing my story and journey will help others be more aware of danger, and also shed light on the challenges of trauma and Mental Health. However, if people wish to provide additional support, proceeds raised from our running initiative will go towards the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. I can tell you first-hand that it was the most incredible gift to have a therapy dog by my side in court on one of the scariest days of my life. The dog provided to me was part of this amazing volunteer organization called the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. I am beyond grateful for this program and know these animals make a difference in many people’s lives. Not only do they provide love and comfort to victims, but they also visit hospitals, schools, seniors' homes and more. Sam and I thank you very much for your support!
WHY DID WE START THIS LIGHT UP THE DARK INITIATIVE?
For me, running with a blindfold symbolizes what it can feel like battling with Mental Health; alone, consumed by your thoughts, and surrounded by darkness. I hope this initiative will raise awareness of Mental Health by helping others know they are not alone, and inspire them to keep fighting to find their light.
After everything I've experienced, it broke my heart to know I am probably not the only one feeling lost and desperately needing help. It is extremely overwhelming, exhausting and discouraging to search for help. For example, it took me over a year just to find a reliable therapist. Seeking professional help has saved my life. Following my run and with your help, www.lightupthedark.ca will become a safe space for people to learn helpful healing tools, share their stories and speak directly to someone who has walked in their shoes. Everyone is facing their own battle, however, no one should have to do it alone.
See below for more information on the incredible Therapy Dog Program we hope to support:
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program: https://www.sja.ca/English/Community-Services/Pages/Therapy%20Dog%20Services/default.aspx
*Go Fund Me donations will be collected, compiled and donated to this SJA Dog Therapy Program on behalf of the Light Up The Dark community. I will be personally covering all Go Fund Me transaction fees, to ensure every dollar of the generous donations are given to this cause.