A big thank you and shout out for Paul Burgess! Through darkness and rain, he ran — for miles — hoping to help others push through their darkest hours.

For the Johnston County native, the darkest night of the year is a reminder of silent suffering in darkness — something many struggling with mental health experience.

“It’s common to so many people … yet it’s something that we don’t feel comfortable with that,” Burgess said.

Especially during the holidays. So, while some were celebrating with family and friends, Paul was running. And in addition to awareness, he raised over $8,000 for mental health.

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