The Mathis Family

Meg is our Sunshine?? Acton Campus Walk

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Our story began 11 years ago in June moving to a new house, in a new town where we were greeted by our neighbors, chocolate chip cookies in hand with 4 beautiful girls.  I wasn’t sure if we could remember all the M’s but the names became all too familiar in the years ahead.  Mackenzie was our first babysitter and Molly and Meredith were often fixtures helping me out with dinner and bath time.  Megan in our early years was not around alot; it wasn’t until Mackenzie was off to school that Megan started to see the income source of living next to a house full of small children.  Over the next several years, we grew closer to Megan, watched her mature, witness to many of the happy times, but also witness to painful periods as well.  We saw her go to college, ready to start a new chapter.  We had big plans for Megan – I knew we would use her story and experience to help us through tough times with our own children. I thought if things got really bad, she could talk to them as someone who could relate.  January 24th 2016 was the day that story’s ending had to change.  It took us a while to figure out how to talk to our children about Megan’s suicide.  No one likes to talk about suicide, but in our home and others across our community it has been a subject that has been revisited many times over the past year. Our family will continue to use Megan’s life story and the Durand family’s strength, resilience, and openness to learn from and incorporate into our lives and remember…to BE KIND ALWAYS.

On April 29th our family will walk to celebrate the life of Megan and to spread awareness for the prevention of suicide.

Please help us reach our 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.

Thank you for your support!

Naomi, Darren, Maya, Sadie, Ruby and Chase Mathis

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