South Boston resident native Erin Rogers will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon for a very personal reason. Erin will run as part of Samaritans Marathon Team to bring awareness to
suicide prevention and in honor of her Aunt Kathy and close family friend
Zachary Ford, who both died by suicide. This is her first full marathon.
This is the 11th consecutive year that Samaritans, a suicide prevention
organization serving the Greater Boston and Metro West communities, has
received bib numbers for their Marathon Team. The donation was made to help
Samaritans generate awareness about the issue of suicide, educate the public
about suicide prevention, and raise much-needed funds. All proceeds
generated from this year’s team will benefit Samaritans’ suicide prevention
services including our 24/7 Crisis Services phone and text Helpline, suicide
prevention workshops for schools, businesses and community groups, and
SafePlace support groups for those who have lost someone to suicide.