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This Charity Spotlight segment is to get funds raised by a runner in the LA Marathon on March 17. The chap raising the money…? Yep, he’s into Star Trek, comics, and other geeky stuff.
Meet Darnell Davis, a towering man with an even bigger heart. He’s literally heads above the rest. He’s going to be putting himself through one heck of a day in order to raise money for the Lets Foundation. Below is Davis’ pitch for donating, along with the Lets Foundation’s cornerstone story to what they try to provide.
Being a youngster today is hard enough. This cause is something that can tug at almost everyone’s heartstrings. Due to various influences in school, life, and among their peers, kids have started turning to the dark, isolated places of their mind that can lead to self-destructive actions, and people in their lives might not have noticed or not know how to confront it. There is always hope. Please consider donating.
Darnell Davis’ pitch:
So I am going to be running in the Los Angeles Marathon next month. No I take that back my knees don’t really allow me to run so I’m going to be walking in the Los Angeles Marathon. Well by mile 26 I’m sure I’ll be crawling in the Los Angeles marathon. What ever the mode of transportation I will be participating in this years race.
So since I am going to be in so much pain I decided that I might as well do some good at the same time… Also I will be able to to tell strangers I meet on the street, “Did I mention I’m raising money for charity by walking the LA Marathon? Yea cause that’s how I roll”
The charity I am walking for is “Lets”
An organization that wants to help remove the stigma of mental illness from our children and teens. So that can feel comfortable reaching out for help. And hopefully bring to a halt the horror of teen suicide.
So that’s my pitch. I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate you guys donating a few dollars to this cause. Just a little will help a lot.
Thanks for your consideration
Peace & Love “
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Lets Foundation, The Story:
Everyday youth run for their lives, trying to keep a steady pace with a world that often overlooks them from the start. Without the proper tools of communication, these kids may be lost in the cracks, saddled with fractured mental health. The lack of attention that youth are given to discuss their own personal mental health, to forcibly break the stigma created around issues that they deal with on a daily basis, can cause them to walk towards places that are dark, confining, and permanently destructive.
Without proper alternatives, our world is forcing our youth to run towards suicide as the only solution. For every 100,000 youth – 20.5 of those ages 10 to 24 will die by suicide in just 1 year, including another 11 attempts. Sadly most are not reported. Suicide is not the solution.
We should be teaching kids to run towards the health they want, the health they deserve, the health they can talk about openly with adults, without judgement and fear. We should be teaching youth to race to live their lives to the fullest, not ending them before they have even begun.
At the LETS Foundation, we believe so strongly in this race, to deliver the message of a peer to peer organization that teaches viable communication tools to youth and erases the stigma of mental health, that we are willing to actually run the race ourselves. Physically, we run in marathons to promote the healthy spread of racing for a life worth living, a life that exists without stigma.
We are asking you to race with us. Race for us. LETS race together to bring light that suicide is not the solution.
LETS race for a change. LETS race for the youth. LETS race for you and for me.
Please support our exciting race for kids by running with LETSRunLA in the Marathon or making a donation.