“I've always been the same girl ever since I was young. The bubbly personality, sassy attitude and loud laugh haven't changed. If I was to name one thing that has, however, it would be my dreams. My dreams are always changing, but one thing I have noticed is that they are not getting any smaller. You would think that as a child grows up he/she would lose faith in their dreams. Give up on them. Maybe even forget that they ever dreamt those dreams. Not me.
It seems as though my inner child is stretching and reaching out for the world. I see a bright, vivid world out there with numerous possibilities and my life is just beginning. I've always been dreaming of an open college campus, thousands of young adults finding their way, and amazing educators training them up to be successful, knowledgeable people, and finding myself in the middle of it all just speechless at all the new opportunities that are waiting in front of my eyes."
The above was written by my 18 year old cousin, Anita, in a college entrance-essay. I lost Anita on December 4, 2010. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her. For the second year in a row I will walk with AFSP not only to remember Anita, but to remember the countless others who have taken their lives, and ultimately to raise awareness for this tragic problem. I will be joining with thousands of people nationwide to walk in AFSP's Washington DC Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this very important cause.
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 36,000 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, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
Donating online is safe and easy. To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.
News story about Anita's death: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/article1147792.ece