Hi!My name is Michael Converse, and I am so proud to be joining the LU race team! I love coffee, running and competing in races, and spreading happy vibes to everyone I can. I enjoy meeting people, so if you see me at a race, I'd love to meet you and shake your hand! Don't be shy!!! In my opinion all runners are cool, because we're all chasing our dreams and goals, while helping lots of great causes along the way.The money I raise is being donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to the latest statistics from the AFSP website, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Americans. In fact, each year there are more deaths by suicide than there are by homicide. Research also shows that for every report of suicide, there are 12 other cases of hospitalization due to self-inflicted harm (that may or may not be attempts to take their life). The most stunning statistic of all: 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. Funds raised will spread awareness to the dangers of undiagnosed depression, create suicide research, provide programs for survivors, as well as provide resources to those battling with thoughts of suicide.As a member of the LU race team, I vow to do what I can to help this cause through spreading awareness, fund-raising, and making donations of my own. We're in this together, so please join me in this battle to save lives. Any donation is greatly appreciated, and brings us one step closer to our goal! Thank you for supporting this great cause!Mike
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