Date of story:
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 6:15pm
My name is Megan Sirt. My mission was to find someone that prevented someone form committing suicide. I did not catch a person in the exact act of preventing someone from committing suicice, but as soon as this project was assigned, I thought of a friend of mine that was trying very hard to create a suicide awareness movement. I automatically decided that I wanted to pass on my bracelet to this friend because he is an incredible person and his movement has become much larger than when he started, which was the beginning of last year. I asked Ryan, my friend, for his address (because he lives in Illinois where I'm from) but did not tell him why. I just told him that it was a surprise and he would get it after I sent it in the mail. I wrote a letter with the bracelet and explained to Ryan what we were assigned to do and what Actively Caring for People was. I expressed how proud of his organization I was and how I wouldn't want anyone to have this bracelet but him because of all the dedication and hard work he puts in to make his organization, foreverU, very aware and heard about. His organization is obviously to help kids or people that struggle with the thoughts of suicide or to help people with the struggle of losing someone to suicide. He started this organization when he was a junior in high school and he is now a senior in high school. He has come a long way with this organization and has huge plans for it in the next few years, such as teen conferences, a 5k in April, documentaries, a music festival, and Vans Warped Tour. Ryan goes from school to school speaking about this oragnization and what it does. As soon as Ryan received the bracelet and letter in the mail, he texted me and told me that he had a postcard on the way for me and that after he read my letter, he was speechless and almost made him cry and that it was just truly amazing. I took a picture of the postcard and I will attach it so each and every one of you can see how grateful he was for the letter and the bracelet. You can also see his reaction through his words on his postcard. I felt very excited to know that Ryan appreciated the things I sent him. In one point of the postcard, he wrote "but just from reading your letter, it's amazing to see how foreverU is impacting the lives of others". I am truly glad that I sent Ryan a letter with my bracelet because he is such a kind person that appreciated what I had to say and it makes me feel good to know that Ryan knows how much I appreciate his organization and what it does for people. I wouldn't have wanted to pass my bracelet on to anyone else.