Now we've arrived at August 2018, 7 years later, and we see some research progress, and more public awareness of the issues associated with mental illness. The need for more effective treatment options is as urgent as ever. We reached the limit of what we could do for Jenna, but hope to extend the research funding via ongoing donations in Jenna’s memory.
Our daughter Jenna was 22 years old when we lost her. She was intelligent, beautiful, artistic and kind. She had a lot to live for, but she couldn’t take the pain she felt most of the time, and could not cope with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. This is the scourge of mental illness that robbed her loving family and friends of her unique style, humor (yes, despite the depression, she had an amazing dry sense of humor) and her very being.
David and I, along with our other children Lauren and Tyler, have chosen to honor Jenna’s memory by encouraging donations to the Brain & Behavior Research Fund . Our intent is to make a lasting impact via the fund’s efforts to find better treatments and ultimately, cures, for the various forms of mental illness that are its focus.
Jenna had support, she had medical care, she had medication, she had love. In spite of all that, what she didn’t have was hope that she could eventually overcome the pain and lead the productive and happy life she dreamed of. To the last day, she spoke of hopes for the future, and a desire to enjoy the love and companionship of her family. She put up a brave face, which the many smiling images on her Facebook page are testament to, but deep down, the pain was intense.
Some last moment of despair overwhelmed her. We will forever hold her memory dear in our hearts, and will feel honored by a donation of any size that you may choose to make. We selected BBRF because of its stellar reputation, and encourage you to check out their website for more information about the important work of the research they fund.
Every day, researchers funded by BBRF are getting closer and closer to finding the keys to unlock the mysteries of the brain and to discovering better treatments and preventative strategies for the serious disorders that strike so many of our friends and family members. 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in grants leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The Laubach family will be notified of all contributions made in Memory of Jenna.