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ESPN Reporter's Book Honoring Allendale's Madison Holleran Hits Shelves

Allendale's Madison Holleran.
Allendale's Madison Holleran. Photo Credit: Facebook

ALLENDALE, N.J. — A new book called "What Made Maddy Run" chronicling the life of Allendale's Madison Holleran was released Tuesday.

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Athlete" was written by ESPN commentator and espnW reporter Kate Fagan.

Some of the funds will be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.

The track and field star jumped off of a parking garage to her death in January 2014, a week into the second semester of her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania.

"But while Maddy’s story is certainly at the center of the book, its purpose is much broader: we investigate the dangers of perfectionism (among athletes and non-athletes alike), the tricky transition to college, the effect of social media on our brains and how we communicate, why the rates of anxiety and depression are increasing among young people, and many other issues impacting our culture," the author said.

"Every time I pull on one of TWLOHA’s tank tops, emblazoned with words that make me feel something, I think of Madison, and I wonder what part of TWLOHA she would have most connected with."

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