Jordan Porco Foundation Official Eversource Hartford Marathon Charity

Hartford-based suicide prevention nonprofit accepted as official Eversource Hartford Marathon Charity

The Jordan Porco Foundation announces their first year as an Official Eversource Hartford Marathon Charity. The Eversource Hartford Marathon Official Charity program accepts a limited group of nonprofit organizations each year to represent the event’s spirit of generosity. The Jordan Porco Foundation’s IN IT 4 LIFE team is raising awareness and dollars in support of mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Runners and walkers can join the Jordan Porco Foundation’s IN IT 4 LIFE team and select the Jordan Porco Foundation charity when registering for one of the Eversource Hartford Marathon events on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

To date, there are 18 runners on the Jordan Porco Foundation’s IN IT 4 LIFE team. Their lineup includes eight-time marathoner from Troy, New York,  Kristen Garzone - who will run the half-marathon. She has over 18,000 followers on her Instagram.

“We’re thrilled that Kristen’s on our IN IT 4 LIFE team. Her passion for raising mental health awareness and preventing suicide echoes ours. Like so many of us, she is a mental health warrior and has lost a loved one to suicide. This fight against mental health stigma is a marathon, and she’s running it right here with us, to make a positive impact every mile,” said Marisa Giarnella-Porco, co-founder and CEO of the Jordan Porco Foundation.

Kristen uses her platform for social good and inspiration, sharing her motherhood journey and her story of living with postpartum depression, depression, anxiety, and losing her beautiful friend Kristin to suicide in 2017. She hopes that in telling her personal story, she can help others.

"Ever since my teenage years, I have struggled with depression and anxiety. Mental illness has always been - and will always be - a big part of my life. Running is a vital tool in helping me cope and now I'm so proud to have opportunities like this to bring the two together. I'm honored to be running with the IN IT 4 LIFE team because I want to do everything in my power to raise awareness and help end mental health stigma," said Kristen.

About the Jordan Porco Foundation

The Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. The Jordan Porco Foundation is named in memory of the co-founders’ son Jordan. Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. What started as two grieving parents’ vision has grown into a nationally respected foundation that helps tens of thousands of young adults across the country. Learn more at Follow the Jordan Porco Foundation on Facebook at Jordan Porco Foundation, Twitter @JMPMF, and Instagram at @jordanporcofoundation.

About the Hartford Marathon Foundation

The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to create and manage fitness events that inspire people to be healthy and fit. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes more than 30 annual athletic races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, and training programs for young runners. Follow the Hartford Marathon Foundation on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @runHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.

Source: Jordon Porco Foundation


Categories: Non Profit

Tags: charity, half-marathon, hartford marathon, jordan porco foundation, kristen garzone, mental health, suicide prevention

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