JC Runyon Foundation
JC Runyon Foundation Mission
Preparing for college is an exciting and challenging time for all students, but for those affected by mental and behavioral health, it can be overwhelming and even seem impossible.
The JC Runyon Foundation exists to help students move forward after behavioral health issues have drained their financial resources and hopes for the future.
The foundation was founded in the spirit of the late John Charles “Jack” Runyon, a private practice psychologist whose life’s work was to give his patients the tools to help themselves. Help continue his legacy by giving students who have dedicated their lives to mental stability and sobriety a chance at an education.
Thanks to generous donors like you, families affected by behavioral health no longer have to choose between paying expensive medical bills and college. Since 2010, thanks to the JC Runyon Foundation, students plagued with a past of behavioral health issues and inpatient behavioral health treatment have been given a second chance at life and the opportunity to attend college.
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 2016. Her friends and family were in shock. How could this beautiful young woman, who looked like she had everything, want to die? She spent the next year fighting her way back into what many thought was a new beginning. Unfortunately, the depression finally became something that she just could not overcome and we lost her on February 25, 2018. Ironically, it was 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. Learn More>>
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