We are three brothers who have experienced the struggles that accompany mental illness. Our mother, Valerie, suffered from bipolar disorder. Her struggle lasted for many years before she ultimately took her own life. The disorder is not what defined Valerie. What defined our mother was her compassion for all people and her ability to find the good in all things. Her heart was one of selflessness and service. It was her nurturing spirit that lead to our growth, and molded us into who we are today. It is Valerie’s struggle that compels us to take on this fight against mental illness. It is her attributes that define our foundation. We strive to honor our mother and endeavor to make change.