Holly & Allison's Whitney's Walk for Life fundraising page
There are things in life I never saw coming. Things that shook me to my core and deeply changed who I am and how I view the world and go through each day.
I know many people who struggle with depression, myself included, some so deeply yet hide it so well. I know many people who go through unimaginable challenges and circumstances yet walk through each day with a smile and helping others while concealing their struggles. But I never thought I would say I knew someone who took their own life. The people I know, despite it all, aren't "that type".
"That type" is such an extreme misconception. There isn't a "type". There are just people... good, kind, struggling people just like you and me. They are our friends, our neighbors, our loved ones.
In September of 2015, our dear friend Amy's mom, Jan, took her life. While we didn't know Jan well, we knew Amy and her family. To see the impact this had on their family was so hard to witness, yet there was no way we were leaving their side. It's hard to believe it's been almost 3 years. We still see the pain each day they go through as they miss their mom who was such a staple in their lives and families. We have joined Jan's Angels in support of Amy, her sisters and their family with the hope that by sharing their mom's story, other lives will be saved.
I wish I could say that our experience with suicide ends there but I can't.
In March of 2016, a young lady who I taught 20 years prior in my daycare class, took her life. While I had not seen her in many years, it did not make the news of her passing any less impactful or shocking to me. I still have pictures of her from when I taught and can see her big beautiful brown eyes and incredible smile when I close my eyes. I don't know the struggles she faced but I know the void in the lives she touched is significant. Her death felt even closer to home for me.
Then in July of 2017, a very good friend of mine for over 20 years, the Godfather to my son, took his life. He left behind his amazing wife and their two sons, his sisters, brother and more friends than I could ever list. His death shattered our hearts. Every single day I think of him, many days I still cry. I think of his wife, his sons, and his family and know their pain is even more. Our lives will never be the same.
It's too many...
It still feels like yesterday that we learned of Jan's passing, it's crazy how time feels like it stands still for loss yet goes so fast through life. As much as we all wish we could go back to each person that we've lost and change the outcome, we can't. It doesn't make us powerless though and it doesn't mean we can't continue to love and honor them by speaking up to others and supporting causes like Whitney's Walk to help save other lives.
We hope you will join Jan's Angels with us to support Amy & her family, and keep the memory, love and stories of everyone who has taken their life alive as we share them with others. I truly believe our efforts will make a difference.
If you can not join us for the walk, please donate to our page in memory of someone you love or in support of those struggling. Every penny adds up and makes a difference. Your support is very much appreciated.
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