Rachel Cohen

Oakland Walk

Dear Friends,



For me, the sudden loss of my fiance was and remains the turning point of my life. The  suddenness of his decision to take his own life, and my own inability to ever understand his decision are things that have changed me forever.  I miss Ira every day of my life, and see the changes that this loss have marked on myself, his family, my family and his friends.  I would like to somehow make it that no one ever goes through something like this again, but I know that suicide is all too common and misunderstood and complicated.





For so many of us who live with the sudden loss that suicide brings, we wonder what we could have done differently, how we could have helped and simply why people never say anything until its too late.  AFSP is an amazing chance to try to turn the tide and for me, its a way to try to help make sure that what happened to me doesnt happen to others, one step at a time -- every person that AFSP saves is one less shockwave that is sent out through our community destroying the lives of their families, friends and loved ones.





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 38,000 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.





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If you are in crisis, call
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline