Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page.
As many of you know, I lost my cousin, Tommy Fuss, to suicide at the age of 17, over 13 years ago. It was that event that prompted me to finally speak out and do something. I have suffered from mental illness since I can remember. I never talked about it because of the stigmas that surround it. But that should never be the case! I was lucky enough to have a family who did not subscribe to those stigmas and got me help, but there are many that are not that lucky...and that should NOT be the case. My Aunt and Uncle could have covered up how my cousin died, but they never thought twice about it...it was not something to be ashamed of. There is so much we still do not know about mental illness and a lot of that is due to the fact that we do not give it enough attention due to the stigmas society has placed on mental illness. This is not ok! It's not right! I am so glad I found the AFSP shortly after losing my cousin. I've done both the national and community walks. My participation and reasons have changed over the years from grieving, to healing, to educating, to finding purpose. If you can not join us on the walk, please, consider a donation to help the AFSP in their research and help of others. If you can not afford a donation, PLEASE speak about mental illness and help us end the stigmas!