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Team Beth

On the outside, my sister, Beth, seemed to have it all. She was beautiful, caring, smart and conscientious and the mother of three wonderful children—Gabrielle, David and Paul. But inside, she struggled with depression—something she hid from others because she didn’t want to be a burden on others. In March of 2012, my lovely sister took her own life.

When someone in the Jewish faith dies, the rabbi reminds us to share our memories as a way to keep our loved one “alive.” The tragedy of suicide is that people often are too ashamed or afraid to speak of a person who died by suicide—and the silence is like another death.

I don’t want silence to rob all of us who loved Beth of our memories. I want to honor her life by telling the truth about how she died so that others who may be struggling with suicidal feelings know that help is available. I want to raise awareness about suicide so more people know about Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center and the important, lifesaving services they offer to people who are contemplating suicide, have attempted it or are grieving a loss.

Please support Alive & Running by making a donation and spreading the word: help and hope are available. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Didi Hirsch’s 24/7 Crisis Line at 877-727-4747. You can also learn about the warning signs or get more information about support groups at

With appreciation,

Pam and Team Beth

***Please read my story on "Why We Run"***
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1. SDSharon Dugan
Thank you Pam Kluft for getting me involved.
2. PWPaula Winter
Have wonderful memories of my time growing up with you and Beth. Love you Pam. xo, Paula
3. ECElinor Cohen
Hope your run was very successful. I am happy to support your efforts. Love, Ellie Wohl
4. JWJoel Wyatt
Pam, you and Andrew have done such an amazing job with this event. Your passion for this important work shines and allows us to not forget those we've lost. You're an inspiration to us all!
5. DHDavid Hess
Dear Aunt Pam, Thank you for honoring my mother and your sister with the Didi Hirsch run. So proud of everything you have accomplished in her memory! Can't wait to see you in November for Julie's wedding. Love, David
6. NCNancy Cautillo