Medford Man, Army Medic, to March Boston Marathon in Memory of Father
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The information in this report was provided by Kirstie Crawford on Behalf of Samaritans:
Army medic and Medford resident Mike Struppa will March the Boston Marathon this year to raise money for suicide prevention.
Struppa will be in full uniform with a 35-pound rucksack on his back for the 26.2 mile march from Hopkinton to Boston to raise money for Samaritans, a non-profit organization that aims at reducing suicide.
“If you wouldn’t surrender to an enemy on the battlefield, why would you surrender to one on the home-front?” Struppa said in a press release from Samaritans. “It’s hard when you come home, family, friends, bills, life all want your attention. It can be overwhelming and sometimes if you don't live with people who have been there, war is hard for others to understand. I know what it is like to deal with post deployment problems, the questions, opinions, news, they can all be overwhelming."
This will be Struppa's first marathon ever, and he is marc
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