Team Resilience 2020

Emily Polonus

Support My Fundraising Efforts

Support me as I challenge myself to raise awareness and educate teens about depression.

As a native Illinoisian, I am ecstatic to be heading home in October to participate in the Chicago Marathon and, more importantly, to be raising money for Erika's Lighthouse. Erika's Lighthouse is determined to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. They are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. They have created middle school and high school teen depression awareness programs so educators and teens can create safe spaces to learn about depression, letting students know they are never alone, and there is somewhere to turn. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a study completed in 2017 stated that an estimated 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 13.3% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17 (article). Help me in raising money to fund these classroom programs! 

My Supporters

  • Sue Robertson April 2020
  • Jeanne Weber You are an inspiration, Emily! Good luck! March 2020
  • Miranda Mejia February 2020
  • Grace McConaghie February 2020
  • Sandy Polonus February 2020
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  • Michelle Sheppard We are so amazed with your dedication!! I am a runner too and people often ask me why I run and beside all the great things running does for my body and mind, I run for all the others who can't! January 2020 $50.00
  • John and Beverly Dooley What a wonderful young lady you have become! We’re glad to say we’ve know you all your life. Your goal will be reached no doubt. January 2020 $50.00
  • Brian Sheridan’ Run fast good times January 2020 $26.24
  • Eileen Wolfe Good luck! What a great organization to raise money for! January 2020 $20.99
  • Jake Oliger Great cause, thank you Po. February 2020 $10.49
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