I walk for Tim....for Cody...for Andrew...for Jared...for Celina...for Memo...for Jeremy...and for so many others.
I walk because I have HOPE that our efforts can prevent other families from living with the pain we carry...
July 29, 2002, I lost my brother, Tim Ardis, to suicide. He was 30 years old...a husband, a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, an uncle, a nephew, a cousin, a friend. He was smart and funny and incredibly sweet. He had the most brilliant blue eyes and a smile I would give anything to see again. In October of 2013, I lost my former student, Senior Airman Cody Hooks to suicide. What I wouldn't give for him to run up to me, like he used to do when he would come to town for a visit, and give me a Cody-Hooks hug.
Although I never met Andrew Peralez, I feel like I did because of the stories his mom has told me. A gift high school baseball player and a high school honor student, Andrew passed away in December of 2013 as a result of suicide.
I walk so people will not be afraid to seek help for ourselves or those we love.
I walk because silence doesn't save lives. Silence silences life. I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Edinburg Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. See what great stewards of your money the AFSP is!