NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches mother lost her son to suicide back in 1992. Twenty-three years later, she is still doing all she can to raise awareness hoping that we may lose less children to suicide. She is preparing to walk 18 miles in a New York fundraiser.
"He was bouncy, bubbly, full of life," said Nancy Lemberger.
Her son Jay was a hard worker and a talented artist. His characteristics made the darker side of his life surprising.
"Jay had several suicide attempts," Lemberger said.
He would end his life in January of 1992, leaving behind questions unanswered.
"It's so hard to figure out. I couldn't understand where it was stemming from, or what was causing it," Lemberger said.
A deep-rooted depression had stirred underneath Jay's dimpled smile.
"I didn't find out until much later that he was being abused, and that's what was causing this," Lemberger said.
Jay never shared his troubles. Today, Nancy chooses betterness over bitterness.
"I think more people need to be aware on how to see the signs and how to prevent these things," Lemberger said.
She's heading to New York to walk 18 miles as a part of a fundraiser.
"Suicide prevention is a cause that I can stand behind and help support so that more people can become aware and educated," Lemberger said.
The "Out of the Darkness Walk" is an overnight walk created to reveal the darkness of depression.
"So many people can keep it hidden, and you might just think, 'Oh, they're just down a little,'" Lemberger said.
Nancy is paying her own way to the Big Apple, but needs help reaching a pledge she feels will save lives.
According to CDC, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2013. If you would like to help Nancy meet her $1,000 pledge to donate at The Overnight, click here and type in her name in the fundraiser search.