I recently ran a story about Brad Evans and his untimely death, knowing this was not the only person or family that has suffered from such horrible things. What I didn’t know was that there are families that want their stories told. Let me preface by saying that I am just a guy who has devoted his spare time to raise awareness about concussions and their lasting effects, just ONE guy and I was utterly floored and brought to tears by an email I received today, the sender was Michelle Trenum, mother of Austin Trenum who also ended his life prematurely on September 27, 2010. Austin had been diagnosed with a concussion sustained in a game the previous Friday. Here is Mrs. Trenum, a grieving mother’s email to me;
I saw your blog posting on Brad Evans. Our son, Austin Trenum, received a “mild to moderate” concussion on September 24, 2010 at his football game. Less than 48 hours later, our beautiful, smart, funny, happy, athletic, talented son took his life suddenly and spontaneously. There was no warning, no depression, no mental health issues, no drugs or alcohol issues, no divorce or financial issues, no trouble with friends, no trouble with school, no fights or breakups with girlfriend, etc. We found out about Brad Evans the day after it happened when the press contacted us noting the similarities of the two boys. We were not up to speaking to the press but a friend who represents the family did call down there. The reporter down in Fayetteville who’d personally interviewed Brad’s family and friends and they all said that everyone said the same thing about Brad: that there was no reason and that he was excited about his future. That sounded so familiar to us.
We know with every fiber of our being that Austin would never have taken his own life. He was too well adjusted, happy, and so excited about college. He was making plans for that Sunday evening with his girlfriend, Continue reading