The cause: Jenny’s Light, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase awareness of all perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression (up to one in five women suffer from the disorder).
How she helps: Lavelle and her family created the foundation in 2008 after losing Lavelle’s twin sister, Jenny, and her baby boy to postpartum depression/psychosis. Lavelle now spreads the word through triathlon and directs the Jenny’s Light 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run every March.
How you can help: Visit Jennyslight.org to help raise awareness and donate.
“I hope that I can spare anyone else from having to suffer the way my family and I have after our loss. If we can save just one life, all of our efforts will be worth it.”