Running for a Cause: Meet Everett Houston

Jun 21, 2024 | Blog

Every runner has a story, a reason that propels them to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement. For Everett Houston, a dedicated participant in the Falmouth Road Race 2024, that reason goes beyond personal achievement. Everett is running to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention, driven by a profound connection to the cause and a heartfelt desire to make a difference. This year, he will represent Team Samaritans running for The Samaritans on Cape Cod & the Islands, raising funds for our important mission.

Inspiration Behind the Cause

Everett’s inspiration to support suicide prevention stems from his deep-rooted experiences living on Martha’s Vineyard. “Growing up with family on the island, I often heard people say how lucky and beautiful life must be there,” he reflects. “And while that is true – it’s really a gift to be on island – the reality is more dynamic than a dream-land filled with idealisms. The challenges are ever present and life here doesn’t come without some sacrifices and compromises.”

The picturesque island, often perceived as a paradise, can become isolating and challenging for its year-round residents. Shorter days, less business, tighter budgets, and fewer activities contribute to seasonal isolation. “I’ve seen family, friends, and community members struggle with mental health issues and addiction due to this cyclical isolation,” Everett shares. “Although few have gone as far as suicide, many have faced serious mental health challenges.”

Witnessing the toll of isolation and addiction on his community has fueled Everett’s commitment to suicide prevention. He is determined to support not only preventive measures but also community services for those in need.

Training & Preparation

Preparing for the race has been a transformative journey for Everett, both physically and mentally. “As any year-round islander will tell you, once the schools let out in mid-June, it’s game time,” he says. “You need to have a routine to handle the heavier load.”

With years of experience working year-round on the island, Everett has always prioritized hydration, nutrition, and rest. However, training for the race required him to further refine his regimen. “I’ve had to say ‘no’ to grabbing a nightcap so I can squeeze in additional mobility work or rest after my shifts,” he explains.

Further, Everett has focused on prioritizing his health through whole foods, reducing alcohol intake, and setting a consistent routine. “Connecting with like-minded individuals and the community over this cause has done wonders for me,” he adds. “The support from the community makes the time and energy invested feel effortless.”

The thought of raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention drives Everett’s desire to push himself harder. “It’s easy to push yourself a little more when you’re advocating for services that help people in their hardest moments,” he says.

Fundraising Journey

Everett’s fundraising journey has been met with overwhelming support and encouragement from the community. “The community has been nothing short of inspiring,” he says with gratitude. “The issues of suicide, mental illness, and addiction are well-known on the island, so it resonates deeply with many.”

From employers to colleagues and friends, everyone has gone out of their way to contribute. “People have donated directly, helped design posters, hosted dine-to-donate events, and contributed items to our silent auction,” Everett recounts. “The level of support has been amazing.”

Impact and Awareness

Everett hopes his participation in the Falmouth Road Race will not only raise funds but also increase awareness about suicide prevention. “Initially, I wanted to help destigmatize the taboo around talking about suicide and mental illness,” he says. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen more openness in having these hard conversations, which is a step in the right direction.”

He emphasizes that awareness alone is not enough. “It’s about access to diversified resources,” he explains. “Even if someone is willing to seek help, if the help isn’t there, they will continue to struggle.”

Everett’s goal is to raise awareness about existing services and how people can access them while also connecting with those in need to understand how programs can better serve them.

A Message to Readers

Everett’s message to readers is simple yet profound: “Find a cause you’re passionate about and pour yourself into it. You’ll discover the kindness and humanity in individuals and communities. Advocating for others fosters connection, which is crucial for suicide prevention.”

He emphasizes the importance of community and connection. “No one is an island, and we all deserve to be seen and treated as part of a community,” he says.

As Everett prepares to run the Falmouth Road Race for Team Samaritans, he carries with him the hopes and dreams of a community united against suicide. His journey is a beacon of hope, reminding us all that through dedication, resilience, and compassion, we can make a difference.

If you’d like to support Everett in his fundraising efforts, please visit his fundraising page. Every contribution brings us one step closer to preventing suicide and saving lives. 

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