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RoseMary Fuss

Team Captain Tommy Fuss Team 2020 Virtual Overnight Experience

We lost our son, Tommy (Tom to his friends), on November 3, 2006 at the age of 17. Nearly 14 years later there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t feel the joy of his life and devastation of his loss. With the emotional support of family and friends and our passionate commitment to suicide prevention through our work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and in neuropsychiatric disease research through our own private foundation, we are moving forward. We will never get over the loss, but we will do everything in our power to prevent the loss of other precious lives to suicide.

This would have been our 14thOut of the Darkness Overnight Walk. The past 13 springs have been characterized by our participation in the Overnight Walks, including putting together a great team of walkers and crew and collectively initiating countless conversations to remove the stigma associated with mental health and suicide in our communities as we raise awareness and raise funds for the important work of the AFSP. Not to mention the training needed to work up to an 18 mile overnight walk…

This spring is like no other. Our lives have been upended by COVID-19. Our priorities have been keeping our loved ones safe and reaching out to help those in need throughout our communities…unprecedented unemployment, uncertainties of the future, food and housing insecurity … and the list goes on.

Now more than ever, the Tommy Fuss Team is committed to support the mission of the AFSP to fund research, educational programs, advocacy, and support services. We have proudly made our annual donation and encourage you to join us.  As you assess your philanthropic priorities, please consider supporting the AFSP to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by mental health conditions and suicide. No donation is too small to help make a difference. Consider $17 for the seventeen years Tommy blessed our lives, $24 for Tommy’s favorite television program, or $31 for the anniversary of his birth year. We are forever grateful for your continued support. Together we are making a difference.

With love and gratitude,


I encourage you to use the AFSP website as a valuable recourse.

Discover resources for mental health and COVID-19


Project 2025, a nationwide initiative to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the US 20% by 2025


Suicide Prevention Research Grants funded, in part, by your donations


Advise on how to talk with someone who may be struggling with their mental health or considering suicide


Links to dedicated crisis services