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Renee Moilanen's Alive & Running Page

Renee Moilanen

Renee Moilanen

My brother Keith always found time to help friends and family. He loved babysitting his nephews. He bought meals for the homeless man down the street. He was generous and kind, good-hearted, with a perfectly timed dry sense of humor. He always made us smile.

But Keith also struggled with depression. For more than 10 years, he tried everything possible to get better so he could one day live the life he wanted to live. And yet despite all his efforts to combat this terrible illness, Keith lost the battle. On May 4, he took his own life. He was 38.

Keith believed very deeply in giving back to others. In honor of the profound impact Keith had on others and to prevent other families from experiencing the same pain we're now facing, we are walking in the Alive & Running Race on Sept. 29 to support mental health programs and suicide prevention through Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

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.

With every step we take on race day, we are one step closer to erasing the stigma of mental illness, and one step closer to fulfilling Keith's legacy. Please support us!


raised of $1,500 goal

Recent Donations

1. GAGregory Alexander
One foot in front of the other.
2. asArthur Sorgen
3. DMDebra McGregor
Renee - We are so sorry for your family's loss, and for the loss to everyone who knew and loved Keith. What a beautiful way to honor Keith, his memory, and all he stood for and gave to the world.
4. MCMorgan Caswell
Happy birthday, Renee! Thanks for teaching me that philanthropic gifts are best, and of course, so much more.
5. TKTamah Kushner
Thank you for your article.
6. DLDebbie Landes

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