Hopedale native to participate in Annual 5K to support local suicide prevention and remember John C. Franks

samaritans-runforsomeoneelseslife-5k-runwalk-94 (Boston) – More than 2,500 runners, walkers, families and team members will support Samaritans’ mission to prevent suicide at the 16th annual “Run For Someone Else’s Life” 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival on Saturday, September 27th along the Charles River.

The importance of a caring, compassionate community is emphasized at the event, in which the majority of the participants will be running or walking in memory of loved ones lost to suicide. Money raised from registration fees, pledges and corporate sponsorships will help Samaritans and its volunteers ease the despair, pain and loneliness suffered by so many individuals in our area. Samaritans believes that when people are heard and feel comforted, our entire community benefits.

One of the inspiring teams participating in this year’s event that has experienced the life-changing work of Samaritans is Team Franko. Team Captain Norman Franks created the team in honor of his brother John, taking the team name from his brother’s nickname. When Norman and his family first found out about the 5K, they were excited because they wanted a way in which they could move forward from losing John, but not forget him. Looking back on Samaritans 5K events in the past, Norman remembers, “I always make sure I do the best I can in terms of fundraising and being a team leader; the day is much more energetic and uplifting than I had originally anticipated and I look forward to seeing everyone show up and cross the finish line.”

Norman highlights the community connection he feels at the 5K, “My friends, family and coworkers are all sympathetic; some of them have gone through similar situations as well, and their support has been great. By participating, we’re letting John know that we are thinking about him, and hopefully we are making him proud. We wish he had known about Samaritans and all of his options before it was too late and hope to help others avoid the same fate.”

Samaritans is a locally based non-profit organization, and all of the proceeds generated from the 5K stay in Massachusetts and fund life-saving services, including our 24/7 phone and text helplines, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Samaritans’ staff, volunteers and 5K participants are excited for the 16th Annual 5K, the only suicide prevention walk in the Commonwealth that provides financial support to the 24/7 crisis lines answered by Samaritans, including calls answered from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

This year’s event hopes to raise more than $400,000 for Samaritans’ mission to reduce the incidence of suicide in the Greater Boston and Metrowest community. If you would like to register for the 5K or make a donation to Team Franko, please visit their fundraising webpage found at www.samaritans5K.org

More about Samaritans

The Samaritans is a premier suicide prevention organization serving the Greater Boston and Metrowest areas.  Over the past 40 years, Samaritans volunteers have answered more than 1.5 million phone calls to its 24/7 and Samariteens telephone helplines. The agency has also trained more than 4,000 volunteers and instructed more than 100,000 individuals through its community education and outreach programs. Thousands of individuals and families have been helped through the Samaritans’ grief support groups.

For more information on the Samaritans please visit www.samaritanshope.org or call 617-536-2460.

Samaritans 24/7 helplines:

·         Boston 617-247-0220

·         Samaritans Statewide Toll Free Helpline 877-870-HOPE (4673)

·         Teens: 800-252-TEEN (8336)

·         Crisis Text Line: Text “LISTEN” to 741-741

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