Members of the Samaritans Marathon Team will run in the 124th Boston Marathon to honor loved ones lost to suicide, while raising funds, hope and awareness for suicide prevention.

Walpole native Jessica Tripp is a member of this year’s Samaritans Marathon Team and lost her brother to suicide in 2012.

All proceeds generated from this year’s team will benefit Samaritans’ suicide prevention services. This includes its 24/7 Crisis Services phone and text Helpline, suicide prevention workshops for schools, businesses, and community groups and SafePlace support groups for those who have lost someone to suicide.

“All of our marathon team members have been touched by suicide and are motivated by their passion for raising awareness and educating the public about this important issue,” said Executive Director of Samaritans Kathy Marchi. “Through their participation, they are performing a tremendous public service to our organization and the public by working to reduce the stigma and dispel misinformation that surrounds the topic of suicide and suicide prevention.”

This is the 13th consecutive year that Samaritans, a suicide prevention organization serving the Greater Boston and Metro West communities, has received bib numbers for the marathon team. The donation was made to help Samaritans generate awareness about the issue of suicide, educate the public about suicide prevention and raise much-needed funds.

Samaritans will once again be participating as a nonprofit partner in the John Hancock Nonprofit Marathon Program. Each year, John Hancock donates guaranteed entries to select nonprofits, which use these entries to recruit individual runners to raise money for their cause.

In 2019, John Hancock provided more than 1,000 bibs to nonprofit runners who raised more than $39 million for local organizations. For over 30 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.