May 20, 1995 we lost our son and brother, Dallas to Teen Suicide. We never understood how something this tragic could happen to us. A middle class family growing up in a small town where everyone knows your name not to mention loving parent’s, family support and most of all togetherness. We never sensed the pain that Dallas felt. A pain so deep he could not express. There was never a dull moment around the Pugh home. It was always so much fun having 3 kids running around. We always had friends over and played our hearts out. Our love for life was unstoppable, there was nothing that could ever come in the way of our family. Until one day our son and brother Dallas made a decision that changed our lives forever. Our Family has never been the same since. Dallas was the most fun, loving and caring person. He had a passion for everything he did. Dallas was always the star of the show and was loved by so many. We never knew that Dallas was hurting inside. His plate was too full and felt that he could not tell anyone. Dallas thought the only way out was to end his life, he never knew, that was NOT an option. This is why we have launched the Dallas Pugh Foundation. A foundation established to help safeguard our youth and young adults from complicated decisions and life’s experiences. We are committed to educating the youth by embracing our standards of positive thinking, helping others and not being afraid to ask for help.
The Dallas Pugh Foundation has teamed up with the East County YMCA to build the Dallas Pugh Gymnasium at the McGrath family YMCA. This will be a place where the youth can come to run, jump and play just as Dallas would. It is so important today for the youth to be able to have a place to come to when they need support. Now we just need your help in continuing this effort of saving lives. Please fill out the attached form and let us know how you would like to be a part of this amazing cause. And, Please let us know if you or anyone you know could use our help. The Dallas Pugh Foundation is here to make a difference in the lives of our youth and young adults today. It is ok to reach out for help.
Thank you in advance for your time.