As I sit here taking in this breathtaking view from my hotel room in Little Rock, I am still in awe of the journey that brought me here. I am surrounded by so many beautiful individuals from all 50 states who have in one way or another been touched by suicide or mental illness. People who have “gotten their asses kicked and landed face down in the arena” as Brene Brown would say, yet here they are, on their feet once again, determined to make a difference.
My dad would have been 52 years old in a few days, on January 29. I still feel him with me every single day and miss him terribly, we all do.
Dad, I hope you are smiling that beautiful smile… Thank you for all that you gave us while you were here and all that you continue to give in your absence.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Leadership Conference
The Dallas Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk was such an incredible journey. Strangers became friends as we walked next to one another through the night, laughter echoed through the streets even through unimaginable pain, comfort lingered as we shared a meal together under the stars and tears fell as we approached the finish line the next morning. We made it through the dark and into the light, one step at a time, TOGETHER.
I want to take part in this experience again, this time it will be held in San Francisco in May 2016 I am asking for your help in achieving my fundraising goal for this event. Even if you aren’t able to donate, please don’t worry. Please just take a moment to visit the page and share it with others:
Here is the updated slideshow from JoAnne’s Celebration of Life. Karen Schloer you did such an amazing job of putting everything together, thank you so much for all you did to honor her beautiful life. Jojo would be so touched by your kindness and generosity.