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Over the course of the next eighteen months, my wife Leah and I will be training and competing in three marathons/half marathons across the United States; Eugene Marathon, Denver Rock n Roll Marathon, and Boston Marathon (pending qualification at Eugene) in honor of my friend, James Leslie. We will be racing to raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention. All fundraising proceeds will go to speakupreachout.org.
James and I met in the 8th grade and remained friends all through high school, college, and even after I moved to the US. James was one of the most caring and fun loving people I ever met. He would always make time for his friends and family regardless of his personal commitments. He was also incredibly bright and knowledgeable on just about every topic you could imagine. He had the incredible skill of meeting somebody for the first time and being able to engage in a conversation with them like they had known each other for years. Whatever your passion was, he had some knowledge in that area and could talk intelligently about it.
Unfortunately, James also battled depression for many years. He lost his battle with depression in June, 2011 and committed suicide. I am so grateful for the many years I knew him and we now honor him by running and raising money for an organization that provides suicide prevention education and training programs, awareness programs, intervention and postvention resources and improving access to care.
We appreciate your support. Also check out the progress on fundraising and training were making on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/RunningForJames
Sam & Leah Brandt
Sam and Leah Brandt will be running in the following marathons to raise raise awareness and money for Speak Up Reach Out.
Eugene Marathon April, 2013
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series: Denver Oct, 2013
Boston Marathon April, 2014