On October 5, 2017, Michael S. Cherry lost his life to a battle with depression and anxiety. Well-known and loved in his community, Michael was acknowledged in his obituary as “a kind soul in an angry world.” By the time Michael was out of technical college, he was assisting those in need, providing aid to Haiti in 2011 and participating in humanitarian efforts in Peru. He spared a lot of love for the hands-on, holding a passion for dirt biking and motorcycles and even owning a repair shop: Cherry City Cycle.
Michael was the son of Andrea Cherry and the late James Cherry. He was born on the Christmas of 1989, remarked as “his mother’s best Christmas present ever.” Michael was only 27 when he passed away.
On a daily average, 130 people lose their lives to suicide in the U.S. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). Quite often, people lose their lives to this epidemic because it seems as if there are no other options readily available. We’re here to show that there are.
In remembrance of Michael, the Oddball Foundation is hosting the Michael Cherry Memorial Run, a 5k (in which running is optional) intended to show the importance of remembrance, prevention and awareness in conversations concerning suicide. We want to use this run as an opportunity to highlight the imminence of the suicide crisis while also showing that we are merely one in a vast sea of resources for those living with mental health trauma. We need you to join us in the journey of saving lives. We need for you to show up and run for life.
If you knew Michael, please share a story or moment of joy in the comment section below. If you would like to volunteer, please also refer to the comment section.
The Oddball Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health, pursuing the path of social justice and engaging in environmental projects to enhance awareness and aid. It was founded during the coronavirus pandemic to further Jason Wright’s 1995 vision of Oddball Magazine, a literary outlet created to foster social change.
Jason Wright is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Oddball Magazine, the President of the Oddball Foundation, host of the Oddball Show, and, most importantly, the loving uncle of Michael Cherry.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the 5k to be held on October 2, 2021 and furthering the mission of the Oddball Foundation.
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