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Kit`s Krew at the Chicago Marathon

On September 10th we recognized World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme was Hope and Resiliency at Home and Work, encouraging people, families, workplaces and communities to come together to end the stigma, open discussion on this topic, promote hope, and ultimately save lives.

Statistics Canada reports that between 3,500 and 4,000 Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life die by suicide each year. Suicide accounts for 22% of all deaths among those aged 15-24 years.

The SSO is pleased to support the fundraising efforts of Kit’s Krew to support youth mental health and raise awareness about suicide. Together we can make a difference!

A Message from David Skelly

This challenge was started to help us cope with the loss of our son Kit, who we lost to suicide in March of this year.
Kit Skelly was a sweet, smart boy with an impish grin and piercing blue eyes. He was a remarkable boy, gifted in so many ways, but who found the struggle with schizophrenia to be a burden he could no longer endure. One of the biggest struggles for Kit over the years was the stigma of mental illness and the need for support.
Finding a way to cope with this loss, my friends in the Running Room marathon clinic created a challenge. They would run a marathon in honour of Kit and all people suffering with schizophrenia. Our goal is to remove the stigma around mental illness, schizophrenia in particular, and open up the discussion around youth mental health. We are making progress, people are beginning to talk, but there is still a lot to do.

As part of this effort, my friends have decided to run the Chicago Marathon in memory of Christopher "Kit" Skelly. Collectively known as "Kit's Krew", we've set a fundraising goal wherein 100% of the funds we raise will be directed to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
Your contribution will help us to help others who are struggling through life with mental illness. It will also help us run our greatest 42.2km race knowing that you are behind us. Please support us in our pursuit to end the silence and create some real change in our community.

David Skelly
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