2019 Overnight – Boston, June 22-23
13 years and still going strong, Boston Strong! The Tommy Fuss Team is back on home ground this year in Boston for our 13th annual Overnight Walk. What a tremendous tribute to Tommy and the goals of the AFSP.
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will be hot this year, according to Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe. Botticelli is showcased at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The Museum of Science is presenting Defeating Disease, an exhibit about “…the progress that has been made over time to defeat infectious diseases.”
The Tommy Fuss Team is working to fight a disease, too. The most optimistic way to view suicide prevention efforts is also to look at “the progress that has been made over time.” The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was founded by a group of families and scientists in 1987. Today they are the largest private funder of suicide prevention research, built on a platform of Support, Research, Education and Advocacy. More than a million people are part of the movement the AFSP started.
The conversation over suicide prevention has moved from the shadows into the mainstream. In part, due to 32 years of work by the AFSP. Understanding is growing that this a public health issue. The need to reach young adults, teens and children is also more urgent than ever. There’s still so much more to do.
But we should remain optimistic. As the AFSP says, This is a Fight We Can Win!
We’ve got a great roster of walkers and crew members for 2019, warming up in the bullpen. We’ve got all-star talent eagerly returning for the new season, along with some promising rookies. Not to mention the deep bench strength of all those who support the efforts of the Tommy Fuss Team. Check back here for updates and info!
Valerie Olpp shares her story “My Way of Healing: Supporting Others in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks” on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention site.
For a personal statement of why we walk, please click on an individual’s picture. The link will be live for those who have personalized their fundraising pages.