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Ricky Duran

Team Captain Songs for Hope Central MA/Worcester Walk

Thank you for visiting my page. I first became aware of the AFSP after losing my father, my biggest supporter and fan, in 2012. I was 21 years old and it was just a year after I had graduated from Berklee School of Music. My father was an extremely fun and charismatic man. You knew you would have fun at any event he was at. He was also the most giving person I had ever met. When we lost him, it was a huge shock to us all. There were signs, but I didn't realize them until after he passed and I started doing research on it. I hadn't even known he was depressed. He hid it very well from us all to try and shield us. Fast forward to a few years later and I again experienced another loss. This time, I lost my best friend, Steve L'Esperance. I felt that same feeling of the rug getting pulled from under me as I did with my dad. After losing Steve, I realized how prevalent suicide is. There are approximately 130 suicides each day in the United States. I walk to honor my dad and best friend and to show people who are struggling that they are not alone. I want to help prevent anyone else from experiencing the losses that I have. Together, we can help stomp the stigma on mental health and suicide.
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