The Run To Save Lives
In 2009, I received a phone call that threw my life into a tailspin. The unimaginable had happened and my shattered, grief-stricken Father was calling me to tell me that tragically, my sixteen-year-old brother had died.
That phone call is, without a doubt, the beginning of the worst moment of my life. It's a pain so huge and all-encompassing, it's almost impossible to describe.
But as hard as it is to think about the day I found out my brother died, that phone call was nothing compared to how painful and difficult it's been to survive my loss.
And that's what I think about every single time I see that yet another mass shooting has happened here in the United States.
I think about how those families will never get to hug their loved ones or tell them how much they love them ever again.
I think about the sadness they're going to feel whenever they drive past a school.
I think about the holidays and special milestones that will remind them that they'll never feel whole again.
I think about the tidal wave of grief they'll have to reckon with for the rest of their lives.
I think about the grief and emptiness that is now apart of who they are.
I think about all the survivors and the fear and trauma they now have to live with forever.
And then I worry about when it's going to happen again and if it's going to happen to me or someone I love.
Because it's only a matter of time.
Reporter: "Was there a part of you that was like, 'this isn't real, this would not happen in my school?'"
Student: "No ... it's been happening everywhere, I always kind of felt like eventually, it was going to happen here too."
What we're allowing to happen is unforgivable.
We can end gun violence by using our voices and demanding change.
June 1st is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and every year, Everytown and their partner organizations across the country host Wear Orange Weekend both to honor those who have lost their lives and loved ones and to demand a future free from gun violence.
And this year, we can't afford to sit back and not bring attention to everything that Everytown, Mom's Demand Action, and their partner organizations are doing to end gun violence.
So mark your calendars because, on June 2nd, we're running to save lives.
Whether you run virtually, or host and/or join a meetup in your area, we have to get out, be seen, and join the millions of voices demanding change because enough is enough.
How to get involved:
1. DONATE! Help us raise money for Everytown!
CLICK HERE to find out how you can donate to the Run To Save Lives CrowdRise campaign for Everytown!
2. Host or join a meetup on June 2nd!
Assemble your #BadassLadyGang in person or virtually, wear your orange, and get out to support Gun Violence Awareness Day.
3. GET SOCIAL!
SHARE WHAT YOU'RE RUNNING FOR. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS WEEKEND! Talk about the importance of gun sense laws and the work that Everytown and their partner organizations do.
4. Get informed.
Your vote matters! Click Here to see how your members of Congress Voted on Gun Bills.
The running community is one of the most inspiring and moving (pun intended) communities around. Whether you run with your #BadassLadyGang, raise money with your local running buddies, or run virtually with your friends all over the world, we are so much stronger together.