The Rotary Run in Stony Plain, Alberta, is an event that holds an important place in the heart of my family, and one that i will continue to participate in every year, no matter the circumstances. This was my 4th year in a row participating in this event. The first year, 2006, I was there for very different reasons than the following years. Little did I know that everything would change in 2007.
In 2006, I was ignorant as to the main cause of the event; I was really just there to do a 10km - it was not until during the race that I realized what this was about. There were people walking the 5km with pictures of loved ones pinned to their back, with the words, 'in memory of'. They had lost a loved one to suicide. There are also memory markers placed along the route, which are dedicated to those lost to suicide.
My family forever lost my 24 year old brother on May 24, 2007. On that day, we lost a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin, a friend.
Which is why I will always give my support to the Rotary Run and its cause...