Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Out of the Darkness 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.
I am walking in memory of my MOM – it has now been nine (9) years. There are no words to define the shock, sorrow, ache and plain emptiness of losing someone in your immediate family to depression and to the darkness. I feel as if I've lost a major part of my life that can never be replaced. We NEVER think it will happen to someone we love, yet it does and it IS preventable.
I feel compelled to do all I can to prevent others from feeling the pain that I've felt.
My Mom was an amazing woman - smart, strong, resourceful and very creative. I miss her every single day. I still feel like a huge chunk of my life-foundation is gone forever. I always think about all she did for us, the many camping adventures, how involved she was, in our church and school, the cooking, canning, baking, sewing...she did it all. I am thankful to her, for the very happy times we had while growing-up. When I look at my own children, I am sad that she isn't here to enjoy watching them grow up. I would do anything to have her back with us. There will always be so many unanswered questions, but I am closer to understanding that this is a psychological disorder where people are truly UNABLE to see through "the darkness".
Your support means a lot to me! The loving encouragement and generosity from my family, friends and colleagues in past years is humbling and warms my heart. Together, we CAN make a difference.
If you are unable to donate, please consider WALKING WITH US! We'd love for you to join us. Thank you for visiting my page and for supporting me.
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.