Support My Fundraising Efforts
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!