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caption=”Jamie Tworkowski, 28, founded the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms.”]
I think at one point or another we’ve all encountered someone we know or someone a friend knows who has dealt with drug addiction, self-injury or depression. I certainly have. But Jamie Tworkowski did something about it. At 26, he left his six-figure job to help a suffering friend and so many others like her.
Jamie wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” after he helped save a friend from self-destruction. He believes what saved his friend was love, truth in a world of lies and realization of what life can be when people commit to meeting a need. In 2006, the title of the story turned into a movement by the same name in his Orlando community. Its message and reach as a non-profit has grown immensley since then, raising $100,000 in just a year.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A friend of mine told me there is no such thing as suicide prevention. This is an attempt to prove him wrong, to say that love can change a life. We can hold back the darkness. Rescue is possible,” Jamie says.
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