Charitable Pros

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Nov 21, 2012

Becky Lavelle

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 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.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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