One Back Bay resident is remembering two friends and helping to support suicide prevention by joining the Samaritans annual 5K along the Charles River.
Maryclare Dignan of the Back Bay is set to join more than 2,500 other runners and walkers Saturday to participate in the organization’s 14th annual “Run for Someone Else’s Life” 5K.
Dignan, who is gearing up for her seventh race, is running in memory of her two friends Nina Gordet and Ashley Kilburn-Peterson.
“For the past 7 years both Nina and Ashley’s friends and families have been participating in the Samaritans 5K Walk. This year we decided to merge our teams and combine our efforts in reaching our fundraising goal,” Dignan, who is the captain of Team Nina and Ashley, said on the team’s fundraising page.
So far, Team Nina and Ashley has already raised more than $10,000 and Samaritans hopes to raise more than $250,000 this year to help the organization reduce suicides in the Greater Boston Area.
Samaritans, a non-profit, offers a 24-hour support line, and grief support services. Money raised helps support its efforts to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention.
“For many of us, this walk has been something to look forward to every year as a time to remember our dear friends, while also raising money in hopes that we can prevent just one person from taking their own life and many others from feeling the pain of that action,” Dignan said.
Dignan’s team is one of more than 150 teams participating in the 5K this year.