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Team Captain Julio's Voice 2018 Overnight Walk - Dallas

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I will be walking as a member of Julio's Voice. My personal fundraising goal is $700. This will be my first-year walking and hope to raise the funds! I would appreciate any support that you give, for this worthwhile cause.

Doing this walk in Dallas is bittersweet; it's the city where I grew up, and had great childhood. I’ve met lifelong friends and eventually my husband. It's also home to where I got the worst phone call of my life, letting me know Junior had died by suicide. It's the city where I became an adult, both by choice and by the overpowering forces of loss and grief. I will be forever thankful to the Dallas Community, that rushed to our sides and supported my family in the weeks and months that followed. Their love, combined with that of my family and friends far and near, got me to brighter days, although I must admit that the loss of a loved one to suicide is something you never truly "get through." The grief lingers, ebbing and flowing with time as triggers and memories make their way into your heart and mind. Not a day goes by where I don't think of my little brother and miss him with all of my heart.

March 2018 will mark our 1st year without my brother. He was spirited, smart, playful and stubborn. He always told me he could "talk to a brick wall for hours." At only 11 years old, he had impeccable taste in music, we could sit in a car and listen to 80s rock and Michael Jackson throughout the whole ride. He adored his family, so for a long time I failed to understand why he would do this to us? 

Those who struggle with mental illness fight to make it through each day and night, with their strength pushing them forward when they've lost their will and feel alone and hopeless in the world. Junior was one of the strongest people I've ever met.

Let us take a moment to feel thankful that we are lucky enough not to struggle with mental illness, feel supported and loved if we do, and feel hopeful for a future with less stigma, more support and more solutions for our nation. Please consider making a donation to help us realize this brighter future.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 40,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP. Checks should be made payable to AFSP and are 100% tax deductible.

Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Overnight or AFSP do not hesitate to contact me.

I’m doing 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.      

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.