Debbie Heffernan

Team Captain Walking for Max and John NAMIWalks Silicon Valley

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Approaching year 3 since we lost Max and over 2 year since we lost John to mental illness,  I am very reflective on where our journey in life would have been without our loss due to mental health.  This year Max would have graduated HS and been on to his next chapter of life.  John would have turned 53 and probably celebrating his year anniversary with Cathy.  

Most of you know our story, but what you might not be aware of is there are 1000's of other teens battling exactly what Max and our family went through.  Though our story ended in tragedy, it doesn't mean that it has to for others.  NAMI provides resources and support groups for teens, adults and families struggling with mental illness. 

This year we are walking for Max and John in support of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Please join our family and hundreds of other dedicated individuals who want to make an impact and statement on how mental illness is understood. Awareness is an important element of this walk—we want people to know that mental illness can affect anyone, anytime and anywhere. Mental health conditions do not discriminate and affect 1 in 5 Americans each year. Mental illness affects individuals of any age, race, religion or income.

 We will walk on September 23rd at the NAMI WALK in Santa Clara.  We hope you can join us and /or make a  donation to me through this page which is easy, fast and secure. Your donation directly supports the mission of NAMI, and it means a lot to us personally.  

 Thank you for your support.

Deb, Doug, Sami, Max, and LIv

Floatin on a Cloud By Max Heffernan


Floatin on a cloud,

Never comin down.

The skys the limit

Getting lost, aint wanna be found.


So high up in the sky,

I can see the light.

That heaven shines,

I know everything will be alright.


The sorrow inside will soon subside,

And you will survive lifes roller coaster ride.

Today will be day and tonight will be night,

But I promise you everything will be alright.

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