By David Kizorek
Over one year ago, on Oct. 2, 2012, our lives were changed forever. My mother-in-law, Janet Gould, lost her battle with depression on this day.
Janet loved everyone and was loved by everyone that knew her. It was not one item that triggered her depression or something that happened overnight. Yet a slow process that saw a beautiful, smart, loving and caring person slowly withdraw from sight, rarely coming out of her room, even to visit with her closest family.
In the end, she gave no signs of what she was contemplating and left no notes. She is survived by her husband, Al Gould; sons Mike Gould, John Gould, Al Gould Jr.; and daughter Maria Kizorek. Most reside in the Chicago, Ill., area, with Al Gould Jr. living in Nevada serving in the Air Force.
I wanted to find a way to honor her memory and help others that are battling this illness. After researching many organizations, I found SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). They are a great organization that helps those individuals struggling with depression and those that may have lost a loved one to suicide. They hold fundraisers throughout the year and were willing to help me plan my webpage and help me raise donations for SAVE.
In an effort to raise more awareness to depression and suicide, I am planning a trip of a lifetime. My bicycle trip will take me from my hometown of Plainfield, Ill., to my adopted hometown of Lac du Flambeau, where we have a home on a local lake. The entire journey will be approximately 400 miles and take me five days to complete.
I will be traveling as light as possible carrying only the basic necessities and camping out. My goal is to raise $2,000 for the Janet Gould Memorial Ride/SAVE and I will need your help.
You can visit my webpage http://save.donordrive.com/campaign/janetgouldride and use the “sponsor me” tab. They accept credit card or you can mail them a check payable to SAVE and in the memo area please write Janet Gould Memorial Ride. Their contact information is as follows; SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 8120 Penn Ave. S., Suite 470 Bloomington, MN 55431; 952-946-7998; www.save.org.
Thank you for your support!