On December 16, 2017, our lives were forever changed. My heart was shattered. My family was devastated. That was the day my oldest son, Devin, took his own life, just three months after his 18th birthday. To say that I was blindsided would be an understatement. Devin was an incredibly gifted athlete. He was dedicated to keeping himself fit and planned on enlisting in the Marine Corps this June. Devin’s true gift however was his presence. He could walk into a room and not only light it up but control it with his mere being. Devin had a way about him that drew people in. He had more friends than one could imagine, and he loved every one of them. When I look at the faces of those kids and see the impact of Devin’s death had on so many, I know that I must do something to try to spare another family from experiencing the same pain that we are living through.
Unfortunately, stories like my family’s are far too common. Stories like Devin’s happen more than anyone wants to talk about. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for kids aged 10–24. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
This is the reason we are hosting Drive for Devin. On Friday July 27, 2018 a 9-hole golf tournament in Devin’s memory will be played at Deerwood Golf Course in North Tonawanda, followed by a dinner at Classics V on Niagara Falls Blvd. The money raised from this tournament will go to support children, teens and adults in their time of crisis. Crisis Services provides treatment and assistance to people in emotional crisis through a variety of therapeutic services. I want people to know that help is always there if they find themselves in crisis.‘You Are Never Alone‘