Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations -

Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations

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LONDON - When Claire Squires set off on the London Marathon on Sunday, she had raised about $800 for charity.

Three days after the race, her online total hit $1 million on Wednesday. And it just keeps increasing.

The 30-year-old Englishwoman collapsed near the end of the 26.2-mile course near Buckingham Palace and died. The outpouring of generosity has come from about 60,000 people.

In a statement, her family said: "Don't stop giving, just like her."

The donations will go to the Samaritans, which works to prevent suicide. The organization usually raises around $6 million annually from individual donations.

Samaritans' chief executive Catherine Johnstone said the charity had been "overwhelmed" by the public response.

"This is an incredibly sad time for Claire's family and all those who knew her," she said. "We desperately wish that it was not under these circumstances but we have been overwhelmed by the response from people donating in Claire's memory."

Friends also paid tribute to Squires as a person committed to helping others.

"Claire was larger than life, fun-loving, bubbly, happy, cheerful, kind, giving, thoughtful," said Victoria Hauser. "She was just the most amazing person in the world — the best friend I have ever had."

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