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Out of the Darkness

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Out of the Darkness

  • Legets Sandbar 217 1st Ave Manasquan, NJ 08736 (map)

Please join Flow Paddle Yoga as we support our dear friends who lost their son Dylan on August 4, 2015.  Details below:

Dear Friend,

As most of you know, we lost our son Dylan tragically on August 4, 2015. It is a pain that is never ending.

Out of the Darkness

Dylan was a person of great service and belief in the greater good. In his honor we are participating in a group walk in Manasquan on September 17, 2016. The details will be below. We are trying to raise funds and awareness forthis silent killer, suicide. The statistics are alarming.

• Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2013.

• There were 41,149 suicides in 2013 in the United States—a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 is equal to 113 suicides each day or one every 13 minutes.

• Based on data about suicides in 16 National Violent Death Reporting System states in 2010, 33.4% of suicide decedents tested positive for alcohol, 23.8% for antidepressants, and 20.0% for opiates, including heroin and prescription pain killers.

• Suicide results in an estimated $51 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.

• Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 35-44 years, the fifth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among person 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among persons 65 years and older.

• In 2011, middle-aged adults accounted for the largest proportion of suicides (56%)1, and from 1999-2010, the suicide rate among this group increased by nearly 30%.

• Among adults aged 18-22 years, similar percentages of full-time college students and other adults in this age group had suicidal thoughts (8.0 and 8.7%, respectively) or made suicide plans (2.4 and 3.1%). 

• Full-time college students aged 18-22 years were less likely to attempt suicide (0.9 vs. 1.9 percent) or receive medical attention as a result of a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months (0.3 vs. 0.7%).

This is a silent killer. It is not talked about in schools, the workplace or society in general. The fear and the stigma surrounding suicide and suicidal thoughts only further isolate the sufferer. 

I believe suicide can be prevented, and it starts with everyday heroes like us.

That's why I am joining the community of 250,000 people walking in hundreds of cities across the country to fight suicide in an Out of the Darkness Walk.

My personal fundraising goal is $1000, our TEAM DYLAN GOAL is $5000. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.

Our son Dylan was simply a great human being. He was a person of service who believed in the greater good. We love him and miss him.  We are completely heartbroken by the tragic loss of such a wonderful person, our beloved son. We will try to honor his memory and his passion for service in many ways, the AFSP walk is a great place to start. Please help us in any way possible. If you can join us this day that would be amazing. If you can't but can make a donation of any size, that would be equally awesome. Thank you all for helping us in trying to make a difference in this battle against this silent epidemic. Much love and respect to all.


Your tax-deductible contribution will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the leader in the fight against suicide. AFSP funds research, offers educational programs, advocates for public policy, and provides support to those affected by suicide. 

Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation click the link at the bottom of this email and then click the "Donate" button on my fundraising page. If you would rather donate by check please make the check payable to AFSP and mail it with an offline donation form to AFSP, 120 Wall Street, 29th FL, NY, NY 10005.

Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks or AFSP do not hesitate to contact me or visit

With Love,

Dennis Vassallo


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