believes the month is a perfect time to address an issue that has both devastated and inspired her
: youth suicide prevention.
"For me, the sanctity of human life means from the womb to the tomb," said Casler
, whose son Travis took his
life in 1999.
"Our youth need to know that there's value in their lives," she
added."They are important to us."
On Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29, Casler
will speak at three different masses at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church about how her
son's death has impacted her
family's life. Casler
has also invited educators from Hendersonville-based The Jason Foundation, Inc.
(JFI) to host two seminars at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29.
speaks to her
church next weekend, she
will display a quilt made for JFI
by Hendersonville High School students as a DECA project around six years ago.The quilt shows the photos of young people throughout Tennessee who have taken their own lives.A picture of Travis smiles from that quilt. Casler, a JFI board member, pointed out that when she first took the quilt to her church five years ago and spoke of its impact, she indirectly helped someone who was contemplating suicide. She
hopes to have the same impact this time.Casler
noted that unfortunately, youth suicide is still devastating families.
"It's still happening out there," said Casler
."It's in our community too." Still, the mother of five will not be deterred by the grim statistics. "I will do anything I can," she
added, "to help prevent another family from suffering."