Monday, December 18, 2017

Celebrating 13 Years of Saving Lives with our 13th Annual Ganley Foundation Ironman 100

On March 20, 2018 our impressive Ironman golfers played in our unique fundraising 100-hole golf marathon tournament. We are so appreciative of our participants and sponsors who helped make this event a great success.

We thoroughly appreciate our supporters who are so personally invested in making a difference. While there are many larger organizations that try to help our organization is different. It’s personal. It all started 14 years ago when Jimmy Ganley died by suicide. Everyone who knew Jimmy had the same impression of him – a model young adult. He was hard working, close to his family and popular. What happened? Through extensive interviews with friends, co-workers and acquaintances of Jimmy and the help of a support group in their hometown, we were able to piece together the picture. We found the answer: Depression. Specifically, undiagnosed depression.

Jim Ganley our founder is a man of action who could not sit still. Along his wife Ann, they started the Ganley Foundation (GF). We are grass roots charity active in South Florida, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, and nationally. Find out more about this organization by watching this video.

Here’s current data directly from the CDC website: suicide is the second leading cause of death for those ages 10-24. More youth die from this than from cancer, heart disease, influenza, birth defects, AIDS, stroke, pneumonia, and chronic lung disease combined. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year. Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S.

Suicide affects all youth, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys.

We at the Ganley Foundation continue to combat these trends. Your support has allowed the expansion of our educational efforts. All proceeds from the Ironman 100 fund our educational efforts including:

Student Presentations- Our presentations are provided locally and nationally. We not only have a strong relationship with our county public elementary, middle, and high schools, but we have also provided our services to the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Doane College, Barry University, and Florida International University. The information provided by our presentations creates a life-saving dialogue about asking for help.

• Professional Trainings- We provide "gatekeeper" workshops for teachers and staff members. This allows those professionals working with youth to identify important warning signs and make proper referrals. This work now extends to include staff at Miami Children’s Hospital.

Philanthropic Efforts- The James R. Ganley School was founded by us in the most violent city in the America's which is Juarez, Mexico. Without our support these children would not be safely provided even an elementary education.

• Symposiums- We have also partnered with Baptist Health of South Florida to provide bullying symposiums across Broward and Miami-Dade County.

• Media Outreach- The Ganley Foundation has shared its expertise multiple times on channels including CNN, CNN en Espanol, Fox Sports en Espanol, ESPN, ad E!.

Learn more about the Ganley Foundation and it’s mission by watching part of an Emmy nominated ESPN E:60 documentary interview with our founders Ann and Jim. You can also scroll to the bottom of this letter to see some real life examples of our work. Heart wrenching and heartwarming.

Thank you,

Ganley Foundation Team



"You've saved at least 4 of my students. We need to talk about these things and remind them that there is help. I do not know how I could fully do my job without the foundation's support and expertise." - Ms. Garcia, middle school counselor

“Yesterday I wanted to die. Many days I’ve wanted to die. I’ve tried everything to get better. Today I will try something new. I will talk to my school counselor.” - 10th grade boy speaking up after a presentation. He did speak to his counselor, is doing great, and for a year now they have established an amazing bond.

“My friend cuts herself and hides it. She asked me how I think she could kill herself. Asks how would I do it. I told her I didn’t know. She needs help." - 8th grade girl speaking up for her friend. An intervention occurred alongside a supportive family. She no longer self-injures.

“Since their divorce my parents have not stopped fighting over custody of me. If I go away mommy won’t have to cry all the time and dad will stop yelling. At night I stay awake crying and then at school the next day I can’t stay awake. Then the teachers get mad at me. Everywhere I go its hurts.” 5th grade boy the counselor had not met. He now also has a social worker creating a more stable family environment for him.

“Every school needs Ganley Foundation services. We cannot continue to bury our children. Last year we lost a 10th grader. She was an overachiever, highly involved, popular, beautiful, and sadly the last one I’d ever think was depressed. After the presentation we received I will never go another year without this staff training. I keep thinking what if we’d done this sooner. I go to sleep every night with a heavy heart and regrets.” High School principal

IRONMAN 100: 100 HOLES of GOLF where 100% of PROCEEDS go to SAVING LIVES!

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