Hello! Christopher Murray here! I am the co-owner of Mark Christopher Salon and I am asking you to join me in my Walk for Hope! I am walking in honor of my Father in the hope that it will raise awareness for mental illness.
This year is the 11th anniversary of my father’s death. Brad (my brother) and I wanted to make this year a special year to remember him. June 24, 2006 is the day our father took his own life. I am not ashamed or embarrassed about how he died as society says I should be. See, I have learned that suicide is the end result of untreated depression. Whether depression is a lifelong battle or situational it is a very serious matter and sometimes it ends with victim taking their own life. I hear often how suicide is selfish behavior. I strongly disagree. I think judging the victim is selfish behavior.
I can’t pretend to have walked in my father’s shoes or pretend to know what and how he was feeling. I can’t pretend to have had my father’s perception of reality during the last 6 months of his life. I can’t pretend to know the feeling that 37 years of hard work and dedication be for nothing, whether it was reality or not. I can’t pretend to know the feeling of having the public, who you so proudly served for 37 years, turn against you whether it be true or not. I can’t pretend to know what the feeling of being alone in your mind is like.To me, he was never alone. My Father had his friends and family supporting him while he slipped further and further away. He just couldn’t see it. Depression is a terrible thing, it blinds you from reality. Until you have lived it or have had a family member live it you just can’t wrap your head around it.
This year, in the 11th year of our father’s death, Brad and I wanted to do something. We want to honor our father by turning the events of the last 6 months of his life into something that mattered and to show that his struggle wasn’t in vain. Brad and I have decided to create a team and walk in the Walk of Hope 5k on October 8th.
The Walk for Hope is a fund raising event for The Foundation of Hope. The Foundation of Hope is a wonderful charity that raises money to fight mental health disorders. More importantly it allows Brad and I to have an un-ashamable conversation about suicide. We are walking this year (and every year moving forward) in honor of our father Rodney W. Murray. We have adopted our father’s nickname “Zipper” for our team.
Will you please help us in honoring our father “Zipper” with a small donation to the Foundation of Hope? $1, $5, $10…whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Our team goal is $2000.00. We will be proudly walking together with our friends and family on Oct 8th in honor of Zipper, our father, our hero. Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post and thank you in advance for your donation and support!
I would love to have you join the team in our walk, or if you would like to donate instead please feel free to follow the link below: