Sunday July 27th marks the annual San Francisco Marathon, where thousands of runners pound pavement around a loop course through the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Some runners race competitively; others make the trek more casually alongside friends and family. Many participants, like Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud, fundraise as they train in preparation for the big day, donating all the money raised to a worthy cause. In this case the worthy cause is The Trevor Project, a national 501©3 non-profit organization .
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is the only national organization providing suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in crisis. The Trevor Project serves more than 100,000 LGBTQ youth every year with their life-saving programs that include the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, Ask Trevor and TrevorSpace.
“Suicide is a heartbreaking consequence of coming out [as LGBTQ] at a young age, and it’s very much underreported,” says Michaud. In fact, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are more than four times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide, and youth who are questioning their sexual orientation are three times more likely. “I wanted to do my small part by bringing more visibility to the issue, as well as ensure that the funds raised were going to directly impact dynamic advocacy and education initiatives.”
So far Eric has raised $660 out of his $1,000 goal, and there’s still time to show your support! Making a donation is fast, easy and secure, and no donation is too small - just click HERE. You can also help Eric reach Rift’s donation goal by sharing this page on Facebook or Twitter, or by emailing this page to anyone who might want to help.
For more information on the San Francisco Marathon, visit www.thesfmarathon.com.
- Arianna Travaglini
Executive Assistant at Rift Recon