Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.
Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.
“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”
That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.
It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.
The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.