At Clarkson University in the spring of 1983, a group of boys joined the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and lifelong friendships were born. A group of five of those boys and a friend that should have gone to Clarkson but mistakenly chose U of R :-) went for a walk in the woods after graduation and a tradition was born. For 31 years some group of these 6 met and hiked - mostly in the ADK high peaks and for a memorable 40th birthday year trek to Yosemite. Despite this bond and tradition, five of them had no idea that the sixth was struggling with bi polar disease, hospitalizations and suicidal thoughts. They found out on August 28, 2017 when David Janos (aka "Cookie") completed suicide, leaving behind a cadre of confused and bereft brothers, and a hurting family that included his wife and two teenaged children. Dave was an avid outdoorsman - he loved hiking, camping, skiing, biking, and most recently - fishing. He was the most social of the group, keeping strong ties with many of his Clarkson friends from varying years, as evidenced by the number of fraternity brothers that arrived from all parts of the US to honor him at his funeral.
We regret that we didn't know about his struggles, and were stunned and confused to learn about how hard Dave worked to keep his disease a secret from those whom he considered his closest friends. We will be joining many others worldwide on the mountains and in the valleys for 46Climbs 2018 this fall. 46 Climbs seemed to be the perfect vehicle for us to channel our need to do something constructive to #stopthestigma so that others can feel comfortable sharing their situation in order to get support from all areas in their lives. 46Climbs was formed by Clarkson alumni, the school Dave identified so much with, it originally took place in the High Peaks of the ADKS, where Dave loved to hike, and suicide prevention week is the same time of year that we lost our much loved friend.
This event benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.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 36,000 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.Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please search for one of the participants and then click the "Support This Participant" button on their page. Donations can only be made to individuals, but the total each participant raises goes toward our team goal.
Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page!