IATSE Local 16 SF / 13RY will be joining thousands of others who will be walking from dusk till dawn to bring hope to those affected by suicide and raise funds to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We are proud to be a part of AFSP's goal of reducing the suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025.
In the 20+ years I have been in the Entertainment Union (IATSE) in SF, Suicide has taken at least 5 of my Stagehand Brothers. The last two, were very sadly in the last few months. It is ALWAYS a shock. How do you reconcile something like that? Working side by side someone or even live with someone and not know what is going on in their mind and heart. I had to do something.
When Mr. Robin Williams passed, a shockwave went through our community. Not only have many of us Stagehands have had the honor of working with him on many films, but in my case he was a neighbor. A fixture in SF and Marin. I saw him often. On the films I worked and riding his bike on the trails through Corte Madera, Larkspur and Tiburon. He also loved the “Escape From Alcatraz” Triathlon. I miss him every day. His imprint is everywhere in SF and especially in Marin. I can walk to the school he graduated from and eat in the restaurants he enjoyed. He loved it here. He loved life. Or so it seemed... Sigh.
I am honored to work on and to be sponsored by the Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why”. Everyone associated with the show is part of a family that cares deeply about the heavy subject matter. We ALL want to START THE CONVERSATIONS about MENTAL HEALTH. There IS help and people that DO care!! The 5 wonderful folks on my team, to name a few.
This walk is about HEALING, AWARENESS and HOPE. I am SO grateful to all who have supported me and my team through our fundraising journey. Every dollar counts. Everyone matters. Like that old 1980’s shirt said, “CHOOSE LIFE”!!
This is for YOU Robin... and Ernie, Alex, Terry, Scott, Robert, “Denise”.....