Ashton Peters completes Eagle Scout project
WOOLRICH –Life Scout Ashton Peters from Woolrich Troop 66 recently completed his Eagle Scout Project — the Cimarron Thomas Memorial Walk for Suicide Awareness — held July 6 at Riverview Park.
His goal for the project was to bring community awareness to an increasing problem throughout the world.
“If I could save just one person, it was worth all the hard work. Earning my Eagle Rank for it is just icing on the cake,” Ashton said.
Ashton chose to do a memorial walk in memory of his best friend, Cimarron Thomas, who lost her life a little over a year ago at the age of 12. Coming back from the funeral service he came up with the idea of a memorial awareness walk and has been working on putting it all together since then.
He chose July 6, which is Cimarron’s birthday, to hold the event.
Ashton worked closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. Everyone can do their part to prevent suicide, and if anyone is dealing with self-harmful thoughts or tendencies, or know family or friends that are, he urges them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
At his project he had information booths with statistics along with counselors, and support groups that deal with mental illness and suicide. The weather held off and he had a great turnout. Over 150 people were in attendance. Ashton purchased all the materials for information boards, decorations, and also had 150 t-shirts made to give out.
Ashton wants to send out a special thank you to everyone who came out to support his cause, as well as The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Keystone Counseling, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Daniel K. Stein Foundation, Woodward Township Supervisors for allowing him to use the park for his project, Roxanne and Earl Embick for providing music to walk to, Boyd Mckinney and Joe Kreitz for running the first aid station, all of his fellow scouts and parents from Troop 66, and Lori Hoy for being his project coach.