6 Years Brings a Lot of Change

6 years ago JC Runyon,  Jack to those who knew him, died. In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday, but in other ways it was a lifetime ago. Think about the way the world has changed these past 6 years: the iphone, Facebook, the Kindle, and Netflix alone have changed our daily lives. Smart phones, smart televisions, smart tablets make information easy to access at any given time. Who would have thought that 3G would be old and slow 6 years ago? We’ve seen our first African American president elected and reelected. We’ve witnessed the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression, watched gas prices double, triple and quadruple as it soared to almost $5 a gallon,  and we’ve cried with every senseless mass shooting. Devastating earthquakes, storms, and floods have made us think maybe the Mayans were right though we’ve survived 2 predicted raptures. We’ve seen governments topple and reality TV take the place of sitcoms, Jersey Shore and Honey Boo Boo (enough said).

Several things have remained the same in 6 years. We are still at war, we still have to remove our shoes at airports, and we still love our sports. We still pay our athletes too much and our teachers too little. There’s still a stigma with mental illness and it’s still very, very expensive to treat. Since 2007, legislation has been passed to increase insurance coverage for mental health, but there is still a huge gap. Families still spend everything they have treating a child with a mental health disorder. Families still go into substantial debt paying for psychiatric hospitalization and aftercare. And families still sometimes have to choose between paying for college or paying off debt due to treatment.

That’s where we come in. The JC Runyon Foundation has the funds to help a student pay for college. We want to bridge the gap so families no longer have to make the choice between treatment and college. If you know of someone who needs our help, contact me at nshaheen@jcrunyonfoundation.org. I can guide you through the application process. Jack Runyon might be gone, but we can still carry on his life’s work to help people help themselves.

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