In April 2018, my 11-year old son Shane died by suicide after having been bullied... Simply because he loved Broadway theater. I told (and showed) Shane every single day how much I loved him. I cannot help but wonder that had he loved himself as much as he was loved, he would still be here with us today.
Perhaps this was Shane's purpose.
I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to ensure that what happened to Shane never happens to another child.
Of all the things I have learned since Shane has been gone there is one thing I know as certain:
If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
I have made it my life's purpose to help kids recognize that they are amazing - just the way they are. Shane's Imagine-Nation helps kids build self-esteem and recognize their great worth. Everyone is a gift to this world.
After all, we are all perfectly imperfect.
Shane's Imagine- Nation is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization.
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Kids (K-12) who are involved in bullying
Have been bullied for one year or longer
Have not told their parents or an adult
Average number of suicide attempts in the U.S. by kids grades 7-12 - every day