What inspires me to give? With a lot of introspection, I can say that I give to causes that I have personal ties to, along with having a cause worth fighting for. I not only give my money but I also give my time, and my heart. Here is my giving story:
Suicide. This word brings up so many feelings. These words come to my mind when I hear it: fear, loss, grief, suffering, heartbreak, depression, STIGMA, pain without words. Because of The Peyton Riekhof Foundation for Youth Hope, these words also resonate: Hope, treatment, overcoming, healing, community.
You see, my neighbor and friend's teenage daughter died by suicide only a few years ago. Their daughter was amazing and one of my favorite kids. She was beautiful, she was smart, she had south kindness in her heart for others, she was a great friend, she was a softball player, an amazing sister, she was my girls' babysitter. She took time for people. She was the type of person you want to fill the world because it would make the world better. She struggled with depression. Depression from an early age. Her family cared, got her treatment did their best for her, and still.....
Her name was Peyton. Her father, being a 'doer' and working through and with his grief, quickly founded a not-for-profit in her name, with the mission of reducing suicides among her community's youth. He found community experts and resources and organized a Board. He built a website. He organized community programs, bringing a speaker to the local high schools to talk about suicide--a door once closed tight to this topic. He organized a local softball tournament, Play for Peyton, to increase awareness of resources and decrease stigma. His team in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk raised the most money year 1. He has used funds raised to start support groups within local schools. He bravely tells his story, and her story, depite that it is hard, to help others. He is involved with the mayors local task force for suicide prevention. All in just over one year. You see, Peyton is not the only teen in her community of youths to take her own life. And this has to stop.
A teenager who was present at one of Peyton's fathers local talks emailed him to tell him how much he needed to hear this story. That he was on the brink. It's this that keeps her father and the Foundation pressing forward.
I give to this foundation. I serve this foundation and this cause with my time because our community needs this. Because my own daughter struggles. Because I love the Riekhof family. Because kids struggling with their mental health need this and deserve understanding and resources.
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