We’d like dedicate this page to all of the people we’ve met, heard about, and are told about along the way who are Road Warriors in the world of mental health. It’s a way of honoring them and our way of saying “Thanks!”
Please check back regularly, to learn about all of the incredible people we meet on our Ride to Awareness.
The picture on this page are family members and friends of my sister, Marilyn, who took her life in September of 2003 after battling depression. 10 years following her death; her son, Brian, organized a team for the Out of Darkness Walk in Milwaukee to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Most of the adults in this picture struggled with the word “if” after Marilyn’s death. If only I would have done this… If only I would have known about her suffering. If only I would have done more for her. We pray that none of those adults are still struggling with that “if” and have accepted that Marilyn now rests in peace, waiting for them to join her in Heaven. So, this is to all the Road Warriors who have lost a loved one and are troubled by the “If Only”. May they seek information about suicide, get counseling if they continue being troubled about what they should have done, and find peace in their hearts.
(submitted by Carolyn Pamperin, Mother to Brenda, one of the RTA riders)
“Jake” had personality, enthusiasm and joy that could raise an entire room. He warmed the hearts of family and friends and was the love of all. Jake’s family and friends miss him dearly.”
Jake saw the spiritual in all people and animals. Sometimes he just saw people as certain animals in an all loving way. His best friend and nephew is Cyle he saw him as a fox. Donny a great friend had the soul of an elephant.
Jake loved Saint Francis the man, not to be confused with the city he grew up in.
He loved music especially albums, the scratchy sound they make. His collection of albums are still in a stack the way he liked to have them. Everything from Cat Stevens to Munford and Sons. Movies were up to be dissected and analyzed bringing new life to a movie you may have thought was terrible or so-so. Once an entertainer was “owned” he forgot about them. Independent was key to success in his mind.
His struggle began at a very early age and progressed without pause. He was honest to the nth degree and shared all his fears one was doing harm to others. In his mind he didn’t want to be another person on the news, voices wouldn’t leave him alone and I feel he died a hero.
“Many individuals, along with our family, are asking why and how could this happen to someone so beautiful. The answer is unknown to all of us. Only from this tragic event, can we inform you about an illness called depression. We all have bad days where we feel empty and alone, but this in only the beginning of what a person goes through when trying to over come this illness. We all know that we are not alone in this world, so we ask that you share your love with those who are dear to your heart. Please do not wait until it is too late.”