This summer after being crowned Mrs. International 2014 as the news articles came out and I had the opportunity to share about losing my brother and best friend to suicide, a woman named Cindy Zetterman sent me a beautiful message and invited me to attend and speak at the event she helped create in honor of her son Adam, whom she lost 4 years ago to depression. We have been messaging each other back and forth in support of one another and before we event met in person, I could feel her warmth and energy through the emails.
When the day of the event same I saw a cheerful woman with arms open walking across the field and I knew it was her. As our arms wrapped around each other for a greeting, it was like seeing a long lost friend. We understand each other and we understand turning pain in to a passion to help others.
With staggering statistics of people making the devastating decision to take their lives, events like this are critical to communities for awareness, education and so people know they are not alone in their fight. To find out more about the race, visit their facebook page.
Serving as the keynote speaker to nearly 2,000 runners and handing out awards, the 2014 Run to Overcome was a success thanks to Ashley Schroeder and Cindy Zetterman along with many other volunteers
Meeting some of the participants
Handing out awards post-race
One of my favorite parts of the day was greeting each child who did the kids race at the finish line congratulating them on a great effort
Live What You Love,
Your Mrs. International 2014