Bruce and I were given the greatest gift Wednesday night.
About two weeks ago, I was a guest speaker for the North Ogden Jr. High’s Hope Squad. I was invited by Sherry Hogg Wallwork – a valiant fighter for our youth. When I walked into the school, I was surprised to be greeted by Dominique Dietz another prevention warrior in Weber County. We happily embraced and walked to the classroom.
Towards the end of my presentation / our discussion, I shared my appreciation for that mystery boy that gave us Hannah for a few more months because when she told him about her attempt, his bravery created a call to Weber High which initiated a call to me. That phone call sent us on a 4 month race to heal Hannah. I made it very clear that I wish everyone would be as brave as this young man and that yes, Hannah, hated him but got over it. I usually share the mobile SafeUt app at this point showing how the Tip portion makes it so that no one has to be afraid to save another human being. Then, I share that I wish I could thank this brave young man that saved Hannah for a few more months.
After the talk, the three of us adults sat and talked. Dominique very tentatively shared with me that it was HER son, Bridger Sanders, was THE boy. Shocked and surprised. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and frankly shocked she hadn’t told me sooner. I’ll let her share her reasoning if she wishes. I honor her choice 100%.
We invited Bridger and mom over. She wanted Bridger to enjoy this alone. It was such a tender moment. What a BEAUTIFUL soul. I will cherrish him forever.
The short story? Hannah told him. He had already lost a friend to suicide. He went home and spoke with his trusted mama. Together they decided she should call the HS. The word gratitude can’t come close to my love for him and his mom.
Personally, I think Bridger and I should be speaking to every school group possible! Actually to everyone needs to hear how speaking up saves lives! And to make that easier, DOWNLOAD SAFEUT!
The leaders at that meeting asked what more the kids on the Hope Squad could do. I asked how many had SafeUt on their phones. I was SHOCKED that not many did. Then, after having them download it, I challenged them to check every person’s phone they meet, every day, all day and download it with them!