Andrew's Mountain

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Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) In 2013 the Wyoming community lost Andrew Wood. On May 27 of 2014 William Warfel plans to ascend Mount Rainier in Washington to honor Andrew's memory. For every foot William climbs he hopes to raise one dollar ($9,000) to benefit Grace for 2 Brothers, an organization that helps prevent and bring awareness to suicide.

Play the video to hear from Andrew's sisters Elizabeth and Tina. If you would like to donate to William's cause visit the following website:

The following is from the Grace for 2 Brothers website:

It hasn’t even been four months since I said good-bye to my brother, and closest friend, Andrew. It’s hard to fathom how suicide can change not only my life at a moment’s notice, yet alone reality in general. To be honest, laying to rest a loved one crossed my thoughts and is something I only considered facing 50 years from now. Nonetheless, that reality is true today. These past months have been some of the heaviest, darkest, and saddest I have faced; this is why I climb.

I always assumed that Andrew and I would grow old together; I expected we would always be riding bikes, camping on a moments notice and even forming a coffee group in our easy years. He was constantly around at a moments notice and I presumed that would hold true indefinitely. Nonetheless, that reality will never be.

Losing a love one, as I’ve learned, is excruciatingly painful. Recently a colleague asked if I was doing “all right.” I uncomfortably replied, “I really miss my friend.” Although sympathetic to my situation, he was kind in stating that this type of loss is foreign to him, as I expect it is for many. However, I would hate for anyone to experience this pain -- past, present, or future. The truth is that suicide exists, and, even trough my own pain, I cannot possibly understand the pain that led Andrew to take his own life.

Nature allows me to find my peace; it removes all ambiguous questions, dashing thoughts, and unwarranted pressures. John Muir, a Scottish-American author and naturalist, sums up the feeling:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

The mountains are calling and I must go.

In an effort to heal and bring attention to suicide awareness, I am climbing Mount Rainier beginning May 27, 2014 with the intention to summit on May 29. I understand that this journey is only the beginning for me, but I hope that this endeavor will help others along the way.

I ask that you spread this message to help curb suicide rates not only in Albany County, but the entire state of Wyoming, the nation, and world. I am hopeful that this will help somebody step back from the ledge, think deeply, and realize that love is all around.

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