Team Ari Runs 13.1 Miles for Active Minds and Ari Johnson by Emily Lerman - about 1 year ago
"This photo of Team Ari was taken at the finish line, after we completed the ODDyssey Half Marathon in Philadelphia, PA on June 9th, 2013. Team Ari was formed after our dear friend, Ari Johnson, committed suicide this past February. No one even knew he was struggling. Ari's friends and family decided to turn this tragedy into action by running in his honor (Ari was a huge sports fan, so a run seemed particularly fitting) and raising money for Active Minds, a suicide prevention and mental health awareness organization that aims to fight the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage help-seeking. In less than 3 months, we raised $62,824 for this organization in Ari's name. Our hope is that this money will ensure that no one else has to experience the tremendous loss we did, and no one struggling has to struggle alone. As for CustomInk, you were amazing to work with throughout this process! Your staff was so friendly and genuinely interested in our event and the cause we were running for. Because we had people joining our team up until the last minute, I had to repeatedly call back and change the numbers on the order, and you could not have been more patient and helpful every time. It was truly a fantastic experience working with you guys and I will DEFINITELY be using CustomInk in the future, as Team Ari intends to make this run an annual event! THANK YOU!"