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"Scott was an amazing person and his passing has left a hole in the hearts of so many. It is my goal to raise money to help in the research of mental illness and suicide prevention."

Scott was an outstanding husband, father, brother, son and friend.  He lived an active healthy lifestyle with his wife and daughter in the Portland area. He enjoyed working as a high school counselor and basketball coach.

In the spring of 2009 Scott went in for a routine physical and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  This was baffling since Scott did not exhibit any of the side effects that go along with the disease. He was put on a small dose of thyroid medication.  

Scott began to suffer from all sorts of symptoms including insomnia, paranoia, weight loss, obsessive compulsive behaviors, anxiety, hallucinations and so on.  Medical doctors, naturopaths, psychologists and psychiatrists came up with no diagnosis or treatment plan. His symptoms increasingly became worse until the morning of October 29th, 2009 when he took his own life by a gunshot to the head.

Family, friends and colleagues were shocked and confused.  None of it made sense.  Scott loved his life, his family, friends, his wife, daughter and unborn son.

Scott was an amazing person and his passing has left a hole in the hearts of so many.  It is my goal to raise money to help in the research of mental illness and suicide prevention.  Please join me in supporting this much needed research for those that are suffering from mental illness.

What your Donation Supports

Your donation to The Box Fund will support suicide prevention and mental illness research from the lab of Dr. Victoria Arango of Columbia University Medical Center.