Lori started "Tears From Daniel" after her son Daniel took his life on August 9, 2018 He was 22 years old. Her goal is to open a non-profit center that will have trained mentors to help those affected by a lost loved one to suicide, to have grief support groups and one on one mentoring. To mentor others struggling that just need to talk and guide them to proper help if needed. We will continue to educate others in suicide awareness and prevention. We would continue to do speaking events and go to state levels with law makers to address where the system is lacking for proper change.
Lori went to college in Houston Texas and became a Medical Assistant in 1986. She worked for an OBGYN After the birth of her first child she soon realized her mission in life was to be a devoted stay at home mom. She had 3 children, Shawna, Andrea, and her youngest son Daniel, she homeschooled all three children.
When Daniel was 7 yrs of age, she started working as a Merchandiser for a Nursery Company. She maintained 3 Home Depot Stores garden sections, with trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. On the 3rd year Lori got injured on the job. She had two surgeries and a year of physical therapy but was unable to recover from the injuries. Her life now is about trying to stop the epidemic of suicide so that others won’t have to go through what she feels every day, the pain and heartache from losing her son to suicide.
My name is Sadie; I am currently on the board for Tears for Daniel. I am in my mid-20s currently. I have suffered from mental illnesses since I was a child. My motivation for being a part of this non-profit is that I’ve lost a lot of my friends from suicide over the past few years. My quote that I have lived by since they've been gone is "If I have to live without you, I will live for you". I've put everything I can into this group to help people realize they are meant to be here and help them find their reason. I am very excited to see how far we can go with this non-profit as well as all the help from not only our other members, but the communities around us as we work to stop the stigma.
My Journey to Tears is different from the rest. I never met Daniel, and only learned about Tears from Daniel in mid 2019 while talking to a friend of mine. She was visiting with me in Wyoming, MI, where I live, and she told me about how she had agreed to be interviewed by a local woman in Cadillac, to talk about her own attempts with suicide in the past. The more she told me, the more I got drawn in, wanting to learn more about the organization.
Shortly after, she told me she had agreed to participate in a Bachelor / Bachelorette auction fundraiser they were holding later that year, one of their first major fundraisers towards their goal to open a Mental Health Center in the area. As an aspiring photographer, I offered to take some photos of my friend, and another friend that were participating in the auction. That offer soon transformed from taking pictures to be used to promote the auction, to actually covering and documenting the event itself. Meeting with Lori the next day, reviewing the pictures from the event, she alluded to me joining the organization. I thought she was joking at the time, as I lived 100 miles away, but I had yet to fully realize the persuasive powers of Lori on a mission.
Taking on the website duties in 2020, a task I could do from afar, a new crisis put a halt on all organizational plans that year. Now, as we slowly try to get things on track in these uncertain times, I find myself not only handling the IT duties, but also taking on the CFO role as well. One thing Covid & 2020 did teach us all, it that even if you cannot be there in person, there IS a way you can contribute, even if it is remotely.
So now, even though I am 100 miles away, I find myself not only juggling my full time job, parenthood to 2 teenagers, and a fledgling photography side career, but also remotely assisting in the behind the scenes planning & organizing of ideas and events to help bring our goal to become a reality. All because I met this unstoppable force named Lori.
Hi, I’m Katrina Davis or better known as Kat! I'm a 2013 graduate from McBain Rural Agricultural Schools and am a resident of the Lake City area. I married my high-school sweetheart John, and am a mother to 3 beautiful little girls Anastasia, Brantley and Astrid.
Suicide has had a huge impact in different times of my life so I'm excited to be able to be a part of Tears From Daniel and help those who are struggling with mental health in any way I can. I look forward to making a difference one day at a time and helping end the stigma.