Ashley Jadine Foundation Hosts 4th Annual 5K Health Fair and Walk

ABOVE: (left to right) Dava Williams, Cheryl Shannon and Cheryl Duncan, Ashley’s mother and founder of the Ashley Jadine Foundation

This past Saturday, September 22nd, the Ashley Jadine Foundation, hosting their 4th Annual 5K Health Fair and Walk to continue telling the story of Ashley Jadine Duncan, who tragically took her own life on January 30, 2012. She was a victim of teenage suicide and depression. At the time of her death, Ashley was only 17, and was a senior at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas.

The purpose of the walk and the organization is to stop the stigma, shame and silence regarding mental illness and suicide prevention, especially among African American people who do not want to discuss it and to spread the message of dealing with mental illness and suicide prevention for all to hear.

The Centers for Disease Control report suicide is the:

  • 3rd leading cause of death of people age 15 to 24
  • 4th leading cause of death among 10-14 year olds
  • 2nd leading cause of death among college students

For more information on the Ashley Jadine Foundation, please visit www.ashleyjadinefoundation.org.

                                                    Remembering Ashley

Cheryl Duncan, founder presents flowers to Walk organizers Janice Reid, and Dava Williams

Janice Reid supports special guest Angela Frazier as she speaks on the suicide of her mother

                                                                  Praying

                                                        Walking for Ashley

                                                        Remembering Ashley

                                                           Patrice Yarbough