This post is from Marc Bee.. who has a heart of gold in how he reached out to support his friend and help a cause she cares about..(he cares about it too!) …..Thank you for being such a good friend!
A donation made in the name of Heather Mack.
As many of you were aware, Debbi Notemilie wanted to purchase the piece I created around the subject of suicide after her daughter took her own life this past summer. I created a fundraiser last week to try to relieve her from spending any money on it while still making a significant contribution to Burners Without Borders, to whom I was going to donate the profits of the sale of the piece. That fundraiser has been a success. This week I will be making a donation in the amount of $400 to BWB for their programs with the homeless in Detroit. The contribution will made in the name of Heather Mack.
Here is Mark BEE with Debbie at The DAMNED this past weekend!
For those that didn’t see the post I made about the piece in September, I’ve reposted below:
Normally I don’t say much about the work I put in shows because I but the circumstances that lead to the creation and title of this piece came from a profound loss that a friend experienced early this summer. Something that I think is worth sharing and discussing now. This friend lost her daughter to suicide. I really can’t imagine anything more painful than that as a parent. It hit me surprisingly hard considering I had never met her. I think two things have been going through my mind since I found out: One was that I have two daughters of my own. Could they be capable of that? Are they hiding the feelings most suicide victims keep to themselves until they decide to take their life? The second thought was of how close I’ve been, on more than one occasion, to taking my own life. Of feeling like a failure and giving up because I didn’t want to feel that any more.
This piece is a visual reminder of what many of us go through but rarely admit. Of the struggle to keep living life instead of giving in to the dark thoughts in our minds. A struggle that can get perilously close to ending. About the masks we wear to hide those dark thoughts and the consequences of them.
As mentioned before, the piece is titled in honor and memory of my friend’s daughter. Since it is so entwined with her passing, I decided that if the piece sells the money will be donated to a cause of my friend’s choosing in her daughter’s name. That cause will be Burner’s Without Borders, an organization that helps the homeless in Detroit and is already associated with The Damned Show.
I hope this post reminds you that your life is valuable and worth living, even if you get bogged down by challenges. Take off your masks. Let people see whats really going on with you and accept other’s help if you need it. Likewise, give all the help and love and support to others if you think they might need it. Better to have offered and had it rejected than to not offer and find out it would have made a difference.
￼A note about the semi-colon in the piece: The Semi-Colon Project is a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire.”
But why a semicolon?
“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”