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Monique Franklin

Monique Franklin

It's unimaginable to think it has been 5 years since I lost my brother Mark to suicide. Just recently I was in Mammoth hiking, looking at the amount of snow still on the mountain and my first thought was to call Mark and tell him about it. I guess that is something that will never change, we always shared everything with each other, some habits are hard to break.
I still talk to him everyday and carry a piece of him with me everywhere I go. The hole in my heart will always be there but is filled with the love for him I will always have. His passing completely shattered me and it has taken a lot of support from friends as well as the Didi Hirsch support group to get me back on track.
Participating in the Alive and Running 5K is also a way to heal and help give back to a community that is all too often forgotten about. We must do more to help those who suffer from depression and mental illness. Please join me and Team Sparky in supporting Didi Hirsch’s 21st annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Suicide rates nationwide have risen over 30% among almost every age group, gender, ethnicity and financial status. In 2018, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide—more than by car accidents or homicide. And for every death by suicide, about 30 people attempt it.

The event is the only one that supports Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center—the first and most comprehensive in the United States and a national resource for healing and hope. Their doors are open to anyone who has been touched to suicide—regardless of their ability to pay. But they need your help to continue providing their lifesaving services.

Please register, donate, sponsor or volunteer for Alive & Running today.
Your support helps:

- SAVE LIVES by training crisis counselors for our 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, where calls have quadrupled in the last 10 years;

- STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET by teaching more students, teachers, parents, firefighters, police officers and mental health professionals to recognize and respond to warning signs;

- PROVIDE HEALING by offering more therapy and support groups to suicide attempt and loss survivors, and special groups for teens bereaved by suicide;

- ADVANCE THE FIELD by partnering with university researchers developing and testing new programs in suicide prevention.

Founded in 1958, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center has innovated many of the strategies that are used at other centers around the United States—and world. In response to rising demand, Didi Hirsch relocated its Center to a new building in Century City last year. Since we opened the doors, many people have seen the sign and come in for help.

With your support, we can save more lives! Please register, donate or sponsor today!


raised of $1,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. CCheryl & KT Moore
Sorry we couldn’t be there at the walk/run this year! We love you!
2. SEStacee Evans
3. JBJonathan Blackford
Good luck with the running today!!!!
4. SSSari Scheer
5. CLCustom Ink LLC
Thanks for designing your awesome team shirts with Custom Ink.
6. MTMark Tracht
May his memory be a blessing.

Team Sparky