J. Christopher, Denver, CO
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J. Christopher (JC) Cox – Preventing Teen Suicide

Denver, CO

Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver

Among the thousands of charities that help make the world a better place, there are a few that have the amazing capability to save a human life. The teen suicide prevention organization Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver is one of them.  I am proud to have helped found this organization after the heartbreaking loss of my son, Jon, and three of his high school classmates in 2002.

Jon and I were very close and I thought I knew him well. But what I didn’t know was that he was struggling with depression and had thoughts of taking his own life. The support of an organization like Second Wind could have helped. Second Wind provides free professional counseling to under-insured or uninsured suicidal teenagers at 300 Denver-area schools.  To date, it has served more than 2,500 children, potentially saving as many lives. The program is now being used as a model in other states. Although Second Wind Fund cannot bring my son back, from his loss, teens like him can get their second wind at life. Lives are saved and families are spared this horrific tragedy that no one should have to endure.