Boy Scout raises awareness of suicide
After personal loss, Stafford teen hopes effort can help others
STAFFORD — Travis Wolfe hasn’t been able to talk about that day, four summers ago, when his father died by suicide — and changed the lives of everyone around him.
Travis was 13 at the time, and it has just been too painful to put the loss into words.
“I’ve talked about it to let people know it happened, but never in-depth,” he said.
Yet, when the 17-year-old considered what to do for his Eagle Scout project, his thoughts went to the most awful day of his life — and how he might help someone else avoid that agony.
His dad, Richard Allen “Rick” Wolfe, spent a lifetime struggling with depression, and Travis wanted to let others in that situation know “there’s another way besides taking their life.”
The teenager is sponsoring a Suicide Awareness/Prevention Walk on Saturday at North Stafford High School, near the same ground where he has played football and lacrosse. The event starts at 10 a.m. with a flag ceremony by the school’s JROTC and includes music by Tyler Plazio from the band Soldiers of Suburbia at 11 a.m.
Travis hopes several hundred people attend.
“If we can reach one person, it will be worth it,” said his mother, Monica.