Team Resilience

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! 

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  • Miranda Mejia 5 days ago
  • Grace McConaghie 5 days ago
  • Sandy Polonus 5 days ago
  • Jake Oliger Great cause, thank you Po. 2 weeks ago $10.49
  • Tammy White 4 weeks ago
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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! 4 weeks ago $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. 4 weeks ago $50.00
  • Brian Sheridan’ Run fast good times 4 weeks ago $26.24
  • Eileen Wolfe Good luck! What a great organization to raise money for! 4 weeks ago $20.99
  • Jake Oliger Great cause, thank you Po. 2 weeks ago $10.49
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