Garrett Walston, Tight End at the University of North Carolina, is teaming up with LAA to create a suicide prevention campaign on behalf of his dear friend, Riley Estes, who tragically took his own life this year. Head Coach Mac Brown has allowed Walston to dedicate his season to Riley with a sticker on his helmet in Riley’s memory. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $1 Million to donate to the RILO Foundation and create a local and national movement spotlighting suicide prevention. The RILO Foundation, also an acronym for Reasons I Live On, is on a mission to have an impact on anyone who might be struggling with depression while honoring Riley. We are reaching out to organizations big and small to partner with on contributions and publicity.
“In my life I have been fortunate to have two little brothers. One blood related, and one not blood related but equally as close. Riley Estes was my second little brother, and was one of the most loving and carefree individuals I have ever been around. His contagious smile and laugh made anybody he was around feel loved and full of joy. The passing of my second little brother to suicide has been very hard on me and my family, as well as his family because he was such a bright spot in all of our lives. For my senior season at UNC I will be playing for my little brother Riley and helping to bring suicide prevention to light.”
Brian & Gretchen Estes
We created the RILO foundation (his nickname was Rilo) but the acronym means so much more. With Riley as the backbone of this effort, all involved will be driven to give those who need it the most the strength to wake up the next day with, Reasons I Live On. This foundation will be singularly focused on providing troubled teens an avenue to receive help and guidance when needed. How profound would it be through the death of a perfectly wonderful son, was born an even greater calling that could save many “Rileys” over time.
With LAA driving out the message, and Garrett Walston along with the entire UNC Football team being the vehicle for motivation, I can only hope and pray Riley Estes will someday let us know how we are making a difference.
Message from LAA
– Garrett Etheridge, LAA