Endurance event at Appoquinimink High School to benefit suicide prevention programs for teens and veterans

Twenty-four miles – one mile an hour. It doesn't sound so daunting, except when it's within a 24-hour period.

That’s what Andy Shearer and his daughter Aubrey, a sophomore at Appoquinimink High School, will be attempting from Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m., to Saturday, June 16 at 7p.m., at the Appo High track.

The Shearers said they were concerned about the high suicide rates of teens and veterans and wanted to something to promote more awareness and support for local programs responding to the crisis.

“Every day, friends, associates, family, teenagers, veterans, people we don't even know, struggle to make it one mile an hour,” said Andy. “[We] will be tackling a ‘One Mile an Hour,’ 24-hour endurance event in the attempt to bring some awareness, hope and funds for those who struggle to keep moving forward.”

The One Mile movement has partnered with the Mental Health Associate in Delaware and the Rebuilding Warriors Project. Both of these groups offer tangible programs for those silently suffering to keep moving forward, even at one mile an hour.

“For 24 hours, Aubrey and I will run 24 miles, one each hour. We'll be tired. We'll be cranky. We'll even struggle. But we can make it and so can others, with the right kind of support and encouragement,” Andy said.

The Shearers invite those who are interested to come run a mile or two with them.

“Don't worry, we won't ask you to make the entire 24 hours,” Andy said.

Appoquinimink High School has provided the facility. The Middletown Athletic Club, Premier Physical Therapy and Triassic Sports are providing support, medical care and fundraising help.

“Aubrey and I are supplying the movement,” Andy said.

Keep checking the Middletown Athletic Club Facebook site for updates and the Triassic Sports page, if you would like to donate.

“We're not asking for any money to come run with us, but if you'd like to sponsor a mile or know of a company that would, we'd be delighted,” said Andy. “Aubrey is working on a shirt design that will also be available for purchase with all proceeds going to fund M.H.A. and Rebuilding Warriors. The initial goal was one of a solitary pursuit. But sometimes, solitary pursuits lead to making a difference for someone struggling. Since we're to this point, please help us make a difference for someone struggling. Suicide is preventable.”