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Drews Foundation, with support from Donlin Gold, is proud to sponsor Team 3 in this years Iron Dog snow machine race. Team 3 features Steven Boney and Doug Dixon. Steven has been on the previous Iron Dog teams sponsered by Drew’s Foundation. Doug is a new partner for Steven this year but is by no means a rookie. Best of luck to Team 3 as they race accross Alaska with the “Suicide is Never the Answer” message. Follow them online!

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Closed Captioned Version Available Here

Download the Full Version Here – (Zipped File – HD Copy Downloadable)

After many twists and turns, changes in focus and format, lots of stress and lots of positive energy and encouragement, our PSA is ready for release at a Bethel High School assembly on Wed, 28 Jan.  We learned many lessons, took some lumps, made and corrected errors, didn’t correct errors, maintained our friendships and ultimately ended up with a powerful message about suicide.  This sounds like what might have occured with a full length movie, not a one minute PSA.  Trust me, as a beginning effort it felt like full length.  So much thanks to all of you who listened to me, smiled and said keep going.  I really can’t fully  express my appreciation.  Everyone that contributed the smallest bit was as important as the largest bit.

Special thanks to Donlin Gold, Bethel SAIPH Coalition, Don Reardon and John Wallace.  Donlin and SAIPH for the money.  We have some left and will produce another effort.  Don for the story and John for tying the bits and pieces together. I owe you both big time.  Thanks to Pete Kaiser and Mike Williams Jr.  for their time and commitment to the issue as a whole.  Thanks to Katie, Donna and Meghan for unending support and always having words of encouragement.  Luigi for great film work.  Julian for starting the process.  Thanks to my son Drew for always looking out for me from the other side.

This is very personal for me and I stressed, cried, got pissed, laughed, mediated, and finally took a big sigh of relief.  Thanks again to each and everyone of you.

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Courtesy Kaiser Dog Teams. www.kaiserracing.com

Congrats to Pete Kaiser and Kaiser Racing Kennel for being the first local musher to win the prestigious K-300 Sled Dog Race since 1986. Pete’s continuing dedication, commitment, and hard work paid off. Drew’s Foundation is proud to have Pete carry the message of suicide prevention across the Delta and across the State. Once again, congratulations Pete Kaiser, 2015 K-300 Champion. We are proud to have you on our Team!

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PSA release coming this week
Winter Bear Project coming to Western Ak and Bethel in April
Please stayed tuned for more info

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4 years ago today my son took his life. I don’t nor will I ever know what was going through his mind. I have my thoughts and opinions but those do nothing to lessen my sense of loss. This is the first anniversary of his death that I have actually felt some peace and acceptance. I didn’t spend the day in tears though I can say, I will spend those days in the future. Something will happen, a thought will cross my mind, a memory will flash, and the tears will come. Because every day I ask why. Every day. Not once in a while, every day. I think I’m identical to every parent in my position. We miss our child. Our outward grief may be subdued and we may seem fine but inside we grieve and hurt and long for those touches and smiles and arguments and things that made life —life.
If ever you think someone or no one cares I will line up people for miles that do care. That will suffer till the end of time missing you. Please, if you feel alone, hopeless, at the end of your rope, call someone. You matter. If to no one you can think of then to me. Every life has purpose. Find yours.

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Two weekends past found our family at the high school gymnasium watching the regional  wrestling tourney.  I’m helping coach, my youngest daughter is wrestling, my oldest daughter is a manager, and my wife and son are ardent fans, cheering from the bleachers.  My youngest made it to the championships and the competitors for the finals were lined up on either side of the mat for the “faceoff”.  Each finalist writes a short bio listing their accomplishments, thanking whoever, etc.  My daughters bio started with thanking her team mates, coaches and parents.  Then she dedicated her match to her brother Drew.  Her older sister and I raced to the equipment room to hide our tears.  Her mother cried in the stands and Kelly worked to maintain her composure on the mat with tears streaming down her face.  A hug from another finalist calmed her and everything returned to normal.
Wrestling was and is a hugh part of our family life.  Drew loved wrestling and in many ways it defined a large part of his life.  The memories of that bring us great joy but in the flash of an eye they also bring us great sadness.
The senselessness of suicide makes acceptance so difficult.  After almost 4 years we still have no answers, nor will we.  Those memories rush to the surface and raw emotion is so close behind.
If you hurt, are depressed, think there is no tomorrow, belive that things are unbearable please call someone. Believe me, there are people that love you and would miss you terribly.  I miss my son every day.  I have only memories.  Every life has purpose.  Suicide is never the answer.

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