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#LiveYourNextChapter with JC Runyon Foundation!
March 20, 2019
Niki R. Shaheen
Join the JC Runyon Foundation as we honor Pam White and Steve White, parents of Mary Cathryn White.
Mary Cathryn (MC to her friends and family) was a bubbly, bright shining light in a lot of lives here in her hometown of Collierville, TN. A dear friend wrote that if others were water, MC would be carbonated. She was fizzy and funny and made everyone who knew her smile. She had a family who loved her fiercely and a network of dear friends. What could be better?
But MC had a very dark side that she hid from the world. She suffered from a deep depression that nobody really knew about until she attempted suicide for the first time in 2015. Her friends and family were in shock. How could this beautiful young woman, who looked like she had everything, want to die? She spend the next year fighting her way back into what many thought was a new beginning. She talked openly about her struggles, even writing a book entitled When God Showed Up and agreed to be interviewed a few times. The world, it appeared, was hers to own!
Unfortunately, the depression finally became something that she just could not overcome and we lost her on February 25, 2018. Ironically, the same day that we lost JC Runyon 11 years before. She left a wake of grief and sorrow that was hard to fathom. It is still hard to imagine this world without MC.
MC’s parents want to make sure that the world understands and learns from her struggles. No parent should have to bury their child, ever. But when a child leaves this world by choice, it creates a chasm that cannot be filled with platitudes and casseroles. We need to shine a light into this darkness and let other young ladies, who like MC feel that there is no way out, know that there is hope and to keep #FightingForward and #LiveTheNextChapter.
This is why we honor them this year. For their bravery and honesty in sharing the good parts and the dark times. There are many dark times ahead, but maybe we can bring some light into the darkness. Celebrate Pam and Steve with us on April 13, 2019 at the Guesthouse at Graceland. We are almost completely sold out – act fast! Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.
We recognize the financial burden in-patient psychiatric treatment can create in families. We also believe in the power of the hard work a patient has endured to successfully complete high school and be admitted to college. We understand that there are few scholarship opportunities when there are "holes" in the educational transcript and we don’t think any family should have to stop moving forward because of money. Our scholarship is not just a check. We are a family and we work with each student to get to graduation.
.....because treatment is not the end of your story, only a chapter. Are you ready to #LiveYourNextChapter?
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