Why I Run:

2023 will be my 6th year running the Chicago Marathon with Erika's Lighthouse. Erika's Lighthouse is an organization that aims to improve suicide prevention and increase access to mental health resources for teens in the Chicago area. I continue to run with Team Resilience to show my family, my friends, and my students that mental health struggles are worthy of being treated with the same gravity with which we treat other aspects of our health. Over the years, I have had the privilege of seeing this team and its impact grow. Please consider donating and joining us in sending the message that mental health matters!


Erika's Lighthouse is determined to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. We are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. We create 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.

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