Hey guys, it has been a while! Most of you know by now of our sons tragic and horrific death. We are starting a Foundation in his name to reach out to anyone struggling with depression, drugs, apathy, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, etc. Mike’s story is below, please consider helping us start this foundation, thank you,
Michael Ryan Black was taking violently from us on April 17th, 2013, at age 19. He was one of the most amazing young men that you could ever encounter. He was a model son; respectful, honorable and always worked hard at whatever he had in front of him. All-American Football player, USA Rugby player – above average grades and a leader of leaders!
Michael also had his struggles. Mental illness ran in his family. Michael struggled to be an over achiever, and the lies that he was never good enough. In the spring and summer of 2012 Michael started using drugs.
His nearly perfect life was coming apart very quickly. By the time that fall came around, he had a felony on his record and had lost most of his friends. The guilt and shame Michael carried about the way he allowed the drug use to hurt lifelong friendships and even his own family was more than he could take. The road back was a day to day struggle, one that he never got to overcome. In January 2013, Michael was back in school with his Rugby scholarship reinstated, by all accounts it seemed Michael had a fresh start. Michael was off recreational drugs and his faith was reestablished, he was having a very, very hard time engaging. Mentally it was more of a struggle then any of us could know. His death is still a bit of a mystery.
His foundation is dedicated to a generation of young people that may struggle with depression, addiction, apathy, mental-illness; Michael’s heart would be to have a “Holistic” approach in reaching every person with physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We will have writings, events, and people that are here to serve a generation that deserves to be served, just like Michael would want!
Please let me know what you can do, thanks, (We can give right now to https://keystonechurch.cloverdonations.com/michael-black-memorial-fund/ with Pastor Lonny to cover the $2000),