>> Friday, August 30, 2013
2012 was a hard year.
A few things happened to me personally, but more so to people I love. A close friend lost her husband to suicide. Ten days later, my step-children lost their father the same way.
I'd never been exposed to such a tragedy before and all I could do was watch in horror. So many questions. How do people process such a thing? Will it ever make sense? Would my loved ones eventually be okay?
Standing by those suffering tremendous heartbreak was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I felt helpless to fix it. I wanted to make their pain go away. I wanted to do SOMETHING.
But there was nothing I could do but be there as they were forever changed.
One year has passed. Their sadness may be just a bit less, yet the shadows still lurk behind brave smiles. They've tried to pick up the pieces and move forward. Life must go on but it is...different.
My step-kids are trying to do something positive as a result of their loss by becoming involved in the fight to prevent suicide. They've partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The AFSP are the sponsors of community walks called, "Out of the Darkness." Walkers collect funds to honor their loved ones and raise funds for the battle to prevent suicide. Through educational programs and awareness, the AFSP is winning the war against suicide.
I'm so proud of my kids. They've stepped up and are holding a walk in our local community on October 19. Funds are coming in and they are working hard to make the event a success. To honor their dad. To help families avoid the tragedy that they've suffered. To make a difference.
The employee club at my job has become a bronze sponsor of the event and I've formed Team LCF to walk in the event.
And now I'm gonna beg: Will you help?
Giving is easy, tax deductible, and you'll get a receipt.
Thanks for your consideration!