The Overnight New York

Organized by: Shannon Kobb

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EVENT DATE Jun 04, 2016

THE STORY:

More Americans suffer from depression than heart disease, cancer, HIV/Aids. That statement hits me hard....look at how many fundraisers are out there for our amazing cancer warriors.....and more Americans suffer from depression than that. Yet the stigma that surrounds mental health sets us all back. Everyone gets depressed, this is true...and the average person can do things to cope and pull themselves out of it. But, if your brain is not wired like the average person, you don't get depressed. Life is depressed, and you manically search for any outlet to not feel that way. My daughter, Emma, could be described just as Robin Williams was.....the most beautiful smile, the best laugh, the ability to always take in everyone around her and get them involved and laughing with her. Passionate, they are both so passionate, and so FULL OF LIFE.... during the day.....but when the night falls, my daughter would cry as though she couldn't cry anymore. The stress of trying to be happy and fight what was inside her, to "suck it up" and "count her blessings" and be that "perfect" person would have her rocking in the fetal position at night, praying to sleep and never wake up. She would look at me with tear filled eyes and beg for me to lay flowers on her grave and let her be at peace. No parent should ever have to hear that, look into their child's eyes and see that hurt.....and no person, child or adult should ever have to hurt so bad. It wasn't her fault, she tried SO hard all day. Her brain isn't wired like mine. It was UNFAIR to tell her to "suck it up" and just "go do something" ....and she counted her blessings.....in fact, she counted them so much she harmed herself for each blessing she somehow thought she took for granted. This story ends with a good ending, unlike Robin Williams and SO MANY others.....because we were lucky. We caught my daughter and were able to get help. We had to leave my beautiful child in residential care and only have visitation with her for a year.....and listen to the horrible stories of other people who were suffering....and the craziness that happens in those places. We met other parents, all rushing in frantically because if you miss your time on Tuesday night at 7pm, you don't see your child again until Saturday...and we fought, and we met and worked with many therapists....and many med changes....and my Emma, my beautiful Emma, is here. Healthy. Fighting. She tries so hard everyday. Her brain isn't wired like mine. Your heart might not beat the same as ours. Your mother might be fighting cancer. Your cousin may have HIV. It's all the same. They all deserve the same treatment, understanding and support. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading private supporter of suicide research with $6million in current studies. They funded 31 new research studies in 2015 alone! Their walks raise awareness, resources for prevention, decrease stigma and involve people in the mental health cause! Over 38,000 people in the UNITED STATES alone die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death.....90% of people who die by suicide have a mental health disorder at the time of their death, often undiagnosed!! The AFSP wants to reduce this 20%by 2025!!!!! Money donated to the AFSP goes the RESEARCH, programs like MORE THAN SAD - that educates students about depression and teachers about suicide prevention. There are community 5k walks that help support the AFSP's cause....and then there is the Overnight. The Overnight is a national walk, done in 2 different cities each year. In order to walk in the Overnight, each participant is required to raise $1000. All proceeds go to research, education and support for mental illness and suicide prevention. It's a 16-18mile walk from dusk until dawn. At dusk, we meet survivors.....uncles, aunts, boyfriends, spouses, veterans, parents, children, supporters, survivors, and those fighting.....we wear our beads to show why we walk, we hug each other, we cry together, we gather strength together....and we walk. Rain, shine, wind, humidity...we walk all night long until 5am....and we finish with luminaries lit up so beautiful - each one individually decorated by us for who we walk for. We close watching those luminaries shine, weary from the night....feeling the support we are all giving each other. Please consider donating to our participation goals so we can walk all night through New York city for you. If you would like us to walk in honor of someone, just message us and we will decorate a luminaire for you or your loved one as well! Let's show each other support....let's fund research to help find a cure, let's educate others on how to help, let us come together and reduce death by suicide 20% by 2025!!!!!! Let us walk Out of the Darkness for you! Thank you for your support!

$100

 

2% Raised of$5,000 Goal

  • Roger Rodriguez

    $100

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Organized by

Shannon Kobb

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Donor Comments

Roger Rodriguez

Roger Rodriguez

DONATION: $100

I am so honored to have met you and Emma. I will be there walking with you and all the other's in New York! Thank you for walking! Prayers! 4 years ago

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