Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Dear Family and Friend(s),
For the twelfth year I will be participating in AFSP's Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a member of “Team Rhoadsie” in honor of my daughter Amanda Mychele Rhoades.
Amanda was an amazing young woman with many family and friends that offered her much love and support but still she decided that life was too hard to carry-on. Amanda like many others didn't recognize the help that surrounded her and she left us way too soon. As we pick up the pieces, the reminders are constant. So many good times, so much happiness. As the years continue to pass us by the memories of her goodness far exceed the challenges she presented. I think of her every day. Smile!
It is difficult to express the appreciation I have for all of you---my friends and family. You pick me up when I'd rather be on the ground, you lend an ear whenever I need to speak and you hug me when ever I need to be comforted. Sheri Rhoades, Hold my beer baby, We got this shit!
I got off to a late start this year but in the next 28 days I feel we can reach our goals. I have a fantastic roster of dedicated friends and family that will do everything in our power to make a difference.
Our military veterans are facing a crisis, the latest estimates show that an alarming 22 military veterans a day are taken from us, the very women and men that have sacrificed their own individual liberties so that we can prosper in our lives and our freedom.
I have a monetary goal this year of, $3000.00. With your donations, help and willingness to share this with your own friends and family, I know that this is attainable. Anyone that wants to be a part of Team Rhoadsie is welcome to join us on Sunday, October 1st, 8:30AM at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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 39,000 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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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.