After a tragic December, I am trying to turn my grief into something incredible. I am participating in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk - an extraordinary event where participants from all over the country join together to walk 16-18 miles over the course of one night to share their stories and raise awareness to the epidemic of suicide.
Late last year my 14 year old son, Braxton, took his own life. He was a smart young man with so much to give. Braxton helped so many of his friends through the tough times they were having all while suffering from depression himself. He was a bright spot in everyone's life and is missed by so many.
There are so many teens and young adults suffering from depression who feel like they are all alone and that their lives don't have meaning or worth. Join me in helping bring this epidemic to the forefront and hopefully save a life! I am walking in Braxton's Honor and for Angela, the parent of a friend of mine, Leslee Bublitz (2017) who left this Earth too early, Rudy Bencomo who's presence is missed every day, and for the other teens (Kara, Tyler, Anahi, Mitchell, Marcus, Michael, Micah, Devin, Jacob, Ricky, Jakob, Geno, Shaden, Damien, Olivia, Kayla, Toby, Anthony, Isaac, Andy, Zachariah, Preston, James who completed in the East Valley during the 2017-2018 school year. Other people who I will be honoring while walking include Tim Green, Tom Bison, Laquita Crews, Randy Carson, and Jenna Price. They will always be remembered!
I’m fundraising to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Net proceeds will help those affected by suicide and mental health conditions by supporting research, advocacy, survivor resources, education, and awareness programs. AFSP has set a bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by the year 2025, and I'm proud to be part of that mission.
Thank you for your support in a cause I believe in. Together we can save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.