Cross-Country Run for Suicide Awareness & Prevention Launches Monday, March 28 from Lewes, Delaware

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Running for his mother, best friend and suicide prevention, Phil King will undertake a 4,803-mile cross-country run from Delaware to California on Monday with a ceremonial send-off from family, friends and local dignitaries.

Phil King, an avid long-distance runner who lost both his mother and best friend to suicide two years ago, will begin a cross-country run on Monday, March 28 from Lewes, Delaware to California to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. King’s personal campaign Run for Lisa King (Phil’s mother) supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

King will depart from Cape Henlopen State Park at roughly 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016. Gathered to help send Phil onto his remarkable journey will be a group of his family, friends and numerous supporters including local dignitaries such as Delaware State Senator Ernesto B. Lopez.

The 33-year-old’s trek will take him a total of 4,803 miles through 12 states along the northern portion of the American Discovery Trail. Planning to average 180 miles (roughly 6 marathons) per week for about 27 weeks, King will arrive at his final destination on the West Coast in mid to late October. King expects to go through about 16 pairs of running shoes by the end of his journey.

In addition to his fundraising campaign, Phil plans to meet with local people in cities and towns along his route to share his story and mission, and to encourage them to address the issue in their own communities by helping those in need and working to remove the stigma around depression and mental illness.

Those interested in donating to Run for Lisa King can give directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention through Phil’s personal campaign, or help support Phil King’s cross-country run on his GoFundMe page.

For more information about Run for Lisa King and to follow Phil on his upcoming journey, visit http://www.runforlisaking.org and follow Phil on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Media interested in interviews or attending Phil King’s Monday takeoff event should contact Phil King at philipking0203(at)gmail(dot)com or call 815-668-1568 for further details.

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