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A Message from President, Pat Derer - February 2013
The theme of this issue is to send our heartfelt sympathy to the families that have lost loved ones last year. . . every loss to suicide is tragic but when we lose young people it is especially hard. We lost three very special young people that had so much living to do.
I wish to thank the families of Daniel and Kay Debraal and Kurt and Sheri Chambers for memorials donated to HOPES in honor of their sons, Kevin and Dylan. Other families that continue to hold events each year and donate funds to HOPES in honor of their family members are Don Harris and Frank Kutz. This year we also received funds for a bowling event to honor Maria Knickmeier who lost her life and was honored by her family and fellow workers. We were pleased that they were able to come to the HOPES walk to honor their loved ones and find a little peace.
We will be using these funds to go into schools to provide QPR Trainings. We have trained over 4,000 people in 3 years, which we do without a fee. We also are into our year long radio campaign to reach teens and adults with the message of hope and providing resources for finding help. Campaign ads can be heard on Magic 98.1 with Delilah for adults and Jamz 96.3 for teens. I hope you can hear them sometime while listening to these stations.
We also were pleased to sponsor International Survivor Day collaborating with Journey Mental Health Center. It is a day that we can acknowledge our loss and try to heal some of our pain. It is a safe place where you don’t have to explain your feelings because we all understand.
I would like to end with a quote that is our mission and we know to be true:
To the world, you may be one person.
But to one person you may be the world.
We never know who we may touch to make a difference.
Please save the date for our walk May 4, 2013. Registration form is inside this issue or online at www.hopes-wi.org. All pre- registered individuals will have their names put in for our drawing for free prizes.