Micaela Connelly and Peter John Cunningham are running Boston for suicide prevention. Here’s why.

"We both felt an immediate deep emotional connection, due in part to our shared understanding of the pain of losing a parent to suicide."

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In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 15, 2019. 

Names: Micaela Connelly and Peter John Cunningham
Ages: 27 and 24
From: Brighton and Arlington, Massachusetts
Bib #s: 27025 and 27029

Hi! We are Micaela Connelly and Peter John Cunningham, and we’re running the 2019 Boston Marathon with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention team. This will be Micaela’s third consecutive time running Boston, and she’s running in memory of her father, who she lost to suicide six years ago, as well as her uncle, who we lost just over a year ago. I, Peter, am running my first Boston this year, and I chose to run for AFSP to honor the 10th anniversary of my father’s death; he died by suicide in April 2009.

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The two of us met on the team this January during one of our first long runs, and we both felt an immediate deep emotional connection, due in part to our shared understanding of the pain of losing a parent to suicide. We started dating soon after, and we’re so excited to be running this incredible marathon as a couple while simultaneously working to reduce the rate of suicide, break down stigmas associated with mental health, and become voices for hope and change. Together, we hope to raise $30,000 to support AFSP’s vital work. Click here to read our stories and please consider donating if you feel inspired by our suicide prevention love story.

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Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.