Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

I have struggled and battled depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I have reached a point in my life now that I finally feel safe to speak and tell my story. The purpose of this piece IS to draw attention – to draw attention and create awareness for an illness that affects many people around us. While some people do open up and tell their story, there are still many people who have sat in silence and will continue to sit in silence for a fear of judgement and a fear of being treated differently. A mental illness does not have a physical feature. It does not show on the outside of a person. Because of that, some people are really good at hiding the darkness they feel.

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A 33 Forever Friend Shares Her Story

My name is Melinda and I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my adult life. I have a similar past of medications, hospitalization and treatment. The fact that I am here today is because someone grabbed me from running into 4 lanes of traffic and because...

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Dani’s Mom, Donna, Shares More of Dani’s Story

*TRIGGER WARNING* For this month - National Addiction and Recovery Month, I am going to share Dani’s struggle with “dual diagnosis.“ Dani, as you all know, is the reason behind 33 Forever and the reason we do what we do. I am Donna, Dani’s mom. So few people,...

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The 33 Forever Scholarship in Honor of Danielle Leedy

The 33 Forever Scholarship in Honor of Danielle Leedy is a $1,333 one-time award (payable directly to the college) to one high school senior at Lexington (Ohio) High School and Ontario (Ohio) High School (1 at each school) for the purpose of pursuing post-high school education. It is awarded based on the criteria below (not financial need).

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Tragedy fuels Lexington family

From the outside, Danielle (Dani) Leedy looked happy. She was 33 and successful, beautiful, with a great job, loving family, two dogs and a nice apartment in Washington D.C. But like many others across the country, she was wearing a mask. 

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The Spark Vol. 1

THE SPARK Volume 1, August 2019 THANK YOU! This is our first Newsletter for our friends and supporters. We appreciate your interest and your support and hope you enjoy The Spark. We have MUCH to report in the areas of our mission and will have even more in future...

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A Story of Survival and a Plan to Live

A Story of Survival and a Plan to Live

I have been struggling with depression and my mental health since I was 17. I hit rock bottom two years ago in January, after a failed attempt.  I spent a week in a hospital with detoxing addicts, came out and tried to go back to real life. I spent a month in...

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A Man’s Fight, Faith and Hope

A Man’s Fight, Faith and Hope

Hi, I’m a friend of some of Danielle’s family. I’m grieving the loss of Danielle even though I never met her.  When I was 25 and went to the doctor for a check-up for the first time, I told him I felt sad a lot. He gave me a quiz and I answered yes to thirteen of the...

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Drew’s Story

Drew’s Story

My name is Drew Kasper and I went to Lexington (Ohio) High School, the same school where Danielle graduated. I now attend Otterbein University. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety disorder at fifteen years old right before my sophomore year of high...

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