Sometimes good things can come from the worst tragedies. That’s what Nancy Miller is trying to accomplish when she honors the memory of her husband, Jim, who took his own life while struggling with depression.
Jim was always active in the lives of young people. He coached soccer and track in Mariemont, and he served as director of Gallagher Student Center in Xavier University for 25 years. So when Nancy and her daughters thought of a way to honor Jim, they knew they wanted to do something to impact others.
Because of Jim’s dedication to children and his love for running, the family decided to create the Warrior Run, a 5K run and 1-mile walk that benefits the Surviving the Teens program at Cincinnati Children’s. Surviving the Teens was created by the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s to provide information, resources and support to help guide teens and families through the ups and downs they might face. The program has helped over 70,000 teens and their families facing the threats of mental illness.
Now in its seventh year, the Warrior Run is hoping to gain more support throughout the community so that it can help more teens throughout Greater Cincinnati.
“Each year, suicide takes about 4,600 young lives, making it the second leading cause of death in children ages 15-24 according to the National Institute of Mental Health,” said Nancy. “We really want to get the message out to young people. Our mission is to get people to talk about mental illness.”
“Our first year, we had 400 people,” Nancy says. “Last year we had 1,400. We are really looking forward to see how far we can go to help more people.”
This year the run will feature the Brogan Dulle College Challenge, which is named in memory of a University of Cincinnati student who died by suicide earlier this year.
“We really want to get the message out to young people,” Nancy says. “Our mission is to get people to talk about mental illness. It’s an upbeat event and getting our local colleges involved will help bring them in on the discussion.”
The Warrior Run is held in the fall at the Bell Tower in Mariemont. The event has raised a total of $232,000. Following the race, families are encouraged to stay for the after party, which will feature food, soft drinks, music, Bid-n-Buy auction kids games and a movie at dark.
To learn more about the Warrior Run, and to register, follow this link.