Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Atlanta Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. I am walking to honor the memory of my eldest daughter, Michelle Ferguson Priestly. She lost her life in 2001 to suicide. This happened when she was recovering from serious injuries sustained on the job as a City of Atlanta police officer. Even now, 17 years later I still think I will see her soon, and I miss her and think of her daily. She was not only a daughter and a cop, but also a mother to her son Nicholas, sister to Amy and Margaret, granddaughter, cousin and niece as well as law student at GSU College of Law, coworker and friend to many. But to me she was my first baby. Losing a child is extremely difficult; parents are not supposed to survive their children.
I participate in this walk to share my memories of Michelle with friends and family and to honor her for all that she did while she was alive. I also walk to raise awareness of suicide and the need for suicide prevention efforts, to help remove the stigma that accompanies the word "suicide" and to raise money to support the important work AFSP does and its bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. I do not want anyone else to suffer the loss that my family and I have due to suicide.
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.