Summers Happenings and Reflections on Today

Untitled-1School is back in full swing and people are settling into their routines with work and kids and sports and all those things that seem different from the carefree summer months. But this summer brought many challenges to our region. Prices are still super high and many struggle to make ends meet. We also had a rash of suicides. Sometimes all the efforts to spread prevention and awareness seem to make little difference and its hard not to get discouraged. But we just keep on for isn’t this what we tell people-THINGS WILL GET BETTER-NEVER GIVE UP. So in keeping with that, Drew’s Foundation has just tried to keep plugging away.
In late July we were able to send two young men to JRob wrestling camp. Carl Charlie and Alex “Boff” Larsen went to Ashland Oregon in late July for two weeks of intensive training. They were chosen because of their great work ethic and general deportment in the school setting. They are just the type of young men that we like to support as they set a good example for their peers.
In early September I and my son went to Kalskag by boat and I spoke to a gathering of the junior and senior high school students. I told them my story and the story of our family. how pain walks with us every day and how we still miss Drew so much. It was a very emotional gathering and many kids approached me after with thanks and nice comments. That made the effort so worthwhile.
The Winter Bear Project may return to Bethel. A visit to the LKSD school board obtained a commitment from the board to help sponsor two performances at BRHS sometime in the spring. There are lots of details to work out but we are very excited to have the possibility of bringing this powerful performance back to Bethel. More updates on this as the year progresses.
Today would be Drew’s birthday and it always brings memories and tears. I still ask those same stupid questions that have no answers and my heart still hurts so deeply. If you are thinking about suicide please call someone. never give up. Don’t make your little sisters and brothers and parents and family and friends go thru the pain you are feeling. Please don’t pass it on.

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