John Trautwein, founder of The Will to Live Foundation named Keynote Speaker for LifeAct’s Into the Light™ Walk 2018
LifeAct is thrilled to announce that John Trautwein, founder of The Will to Live Foundation has been named the Keynote Speaker for LifeAct’s 14th Annual Into the Light™ Walk which will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Back by popular demand, John was LifeAct’s inspirational Walk Keynote Speaker in 2013. His motivational message of hope and healing after the tragic loss of his son to suicide will surely touch and transform each and every person in the audience.
John, a former professional baseball player for the Expos and Red Sox, suffered the tragic loss of his oldest child, Will, who took his life in October of 2010. Just 15 years old, Will was a freshman in high school, and his death devastated not only the Trautwein family, but the entire North Atlanta Community.
Taking this pain and using it to prevent others from experiencing a similar loss, John and his wife Susie started a nonprofit foundation called The Will To Live Foundation to help spread the message of suicide awareness and to help teens recognize the wonderful bonds of friendship. Friendships that encourage each other find the good in life!
Since the foundation started, John has made well over 500 speeches and presentations to parents, coaches, teachers, kids and communities across America, spreading the message of “love” and “hope”. The Trautweins have turned the tragedy of losing their son into a positive message that improves the lives of “Will to Live” kids everywhere.
The Will To Live Foundation has raised over one million dollars in an effort to spread teen suicide awareness and mental health education through their positive Life Teammates platform. In 2012, John and Susie were awarded the Presidential Point of Light award for their work with The Will To Live Foundation.
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Join Us At The Zoo!
Join us at our 14th Annual Into the Light Walk which will be held on Sunday, April 22 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as we shine a light on depression awareness and suicide prevention. It is an evening gathering for students, educators, families, adults – pretty much everyone and anyone – who has been touched by suicide, depression or who just want to learn how to help. We will provide a light snack, informational booths, an inspirational program with keynote speaker, John Trautwein, music from Rocky River High School and a twilight reflective walk for our registrants. It’s a powerful and inspirational night for all. Now, more than ever, people need to come together and find a solution to this ever-growing problem.
Why Should You Walk?
LifeAct has helped more than 200,000 teens understand the signs and symptoms of depression and has given them the tools to help themselves and others who may have shown any of the warning signs. With your help we can raise the necessary funds to support our proven suicide prevention program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, which served 25,000 teens in 180 schools in 2015-16. Of that number nearly 1,800 students came forward asking for help. These numbers confirm that more needs to be done to help teens and their parents understand that depression is an illness that can be treated effectively.