‘Make your dad proud’

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Virginia -

Travis will set up ta­bles with wa­ter, sui­cide-aware­ness bracelets and wrist­bands as well as pam­phlets about ev­ery­thing from com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about sui­cide to deal­ing with its af­ter­math.

The North Stafford stu­dent es­pe­cially wants to present op­tions, such as coun­sel­ing or sup­port groups, for peo­ple suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion or other types of men­tal ill­ness.

Travis and his older brother, Chuck, have a lot of great mem­o­ries of Cub Scout ac­tiv­i­ties and fish­ing, hik­ing and hunt­ing with their dad, an avid out­doors­man. The broth­ers have the cars they made with their fa­ther and en­tered in Pinewood Derby races.

Chuck’s 2-year-old son, Ry­der, plays with them these days, and the Wolfe fam­ily looks for­ward to the day he can join Scout­ing.

But Travis also re­mem­bers the darker side of his fa­ther’s later years, when he strug­gled with ad­dic­tion to al­co­hol and pills. As his anx­i­ety lev­els in­creased, Rick Wolfe had more trou­ble cop­ing with crowds of peo­ple and even­tu­ally with­drew from ac­tiv­i­ties.

He was 49 when he died. “I wanted a way to memo­ri­al­ize him,” Travis said, “and when I look back on my Ea­gle Scout project, I want it to be for some­thing good.”

“So you can make your dad proud,” his mother added.

MIKE MORONES/THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Boy Scout Travis Wolfe was mo­ti­vated to do his Ea­gle Scout project in mem­ory of his fa­ther, Rick.

Rick Wolfe

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