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Michael Cherry was born as a gift on Christmas and spent his formative years growing up in Grafton, Massachusetts. A proud graduate of Grafton High School, Michael loved being a part of his community, be it spending time with his numerous friends and family or working on his motorcycles, even if it terrified his mom. Michael spent a majority of his adult years giving back to communities in need, be it in his travel to Haiti in 2011 or supporting humanitarian efforts in Peru. He was described by all that knew him as a kind soul in an angry world.
On October 5th, 2017, Michael tragically lost his life following a battle with depression and anxiety. On average, 130 people a day will lose their lives to suicide in the United States. Many feel as though there are no options for help or support. Here at the Oddball Foundation, we are ready to change that.
In remembrance of Michael, The Oddball Foundation is organizing the Michael Cherry Memorial 5K, a 5k run or walk intended to show the importance of remembrance, prevention, and awareness in conversation concerning mental health and suicide. We want to use this run as an opportunity to highlight the ongoing suicide crisis, expand the conversation around mental health and suicide, and be a beacon of hope for those struggling to find resources.
*Proceeds will go to benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a scholarship to be established in the memory of Michael Cherry and to be allocated to other Massachusetts Mental Health organizations.
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