Robbie was 15 years old and a Sophomore at Lakewood High School. He was a great student excelling in all his classes, especially Math. Robbie was at home in the pool or on the courts playing the two sports he loved deeply, Swimming and Tennis. Surrounded by his friends at meets and at matches he was full of joy. Robbie brought so much joy and happiness to those around him. The past two summers he taught young golfers through First Tee of Denver and young swimmers at Rolling Hills Country Club. Seeing his students success always brought a smile to his face and when they failed his compassion shown through and gave them hope. This past week he was talking about what he wanted to study in college and researching cars for when he got his driver’s license in January. Robbie will always be remembered for his grace, kindness to others, wit and joyful presence. He was always looking out for others and putting them before himself.
Despite his gift of bringing love and joy to others Robbie was suffering in the darkness, battling privately with incredible pain. He succumbed to the silent illness of depression and took his own life on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
This fund is being managed by Jason & Kari Eckert, parents of Robbie and Co-Chairperson for Robbie’s Hope Foundation, a newly formed 501(c)(3) based in Colorado. Funds will dispersed to Robbie’s Hope and used for Student Outreach Activities, Teen Depression and Teen Suicide Education, and Operating Expenses.
If you are suffering from depression or need support please reach out immediately to:
Jefferson Center for Mental Health: [phone redacted] or jcmh.org
Colorado Crisis Service: [phone redacted] or coloradocrisisservices.org
If you have a concern about others and want to get them help please call [phone redacted] or report online at safe2tell.org.
DonationsSee top donations
- Carol Degenhart
- Chase Braun
- Joe Boutelle
- Hunter Parah