Fundraiser in Honor of Tom Ream
In June, Team Tommy dReam will join thousands of other people on a 18-mile walk as part of the Out of the Darkness Overnight, an event that raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The goal of this journey, which will begin at dusk and finish at dawn, is to raise funds for suicide prevention, erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, to encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek treatment, and to show support for the families and friends of the 45,000 Americans who die by suicide and the 20 million people that suffer from depression each year.
I am writing to you today to ask for your support of this effort.
I know from my own experience of losing my husband Tom to suicide that serious depression and other mental illnesses can be fatal. Tom lived with Bi-polar II disorder, and tried very hard to live well with this illnesses. He suffered with periods of deep depression, hypomania, mixed with periods of wellness for much of his adult life. We have been forever changed by his loss and will continue to miss him deeply every day of our lives. Mental illness can be fatal like cancer, heart disease, and other physical illness. By participating in this event, Team Tommy dReam hopes to raise awareness of the serious threat that mental illness can pose and the treatment options that can help people overcome it. If one person can be saved from the illness that Tom succumbed to, me and my teams efforts to walk 16-18 miles in his memory and to raise money for this cause will be worthwhile.
By purchasing a ticket to the Chophouse fundraising event you will help me to meet the minimum requirement of $1,000 as an individual walker and our ultimate team goal of $5000.00 in the fight to decrease lives lost to suicide.
A portion of the ticket sales for the Chophouse event will go directly the AFSP via our teams fundraising page. It would be my dream that suicide be eradicated like so many other deadly diseases. Is it possible? I don't know, but without trying we will never know.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for being a part of my life, both when Tom was alive and in the three years since he died. It is through the love and support of family and friends that I have survived.