VIDEO: Hannah’s Heroes’ ‘Celebration of Hope Weekend’ Set For September 11 In Titusville
By Space Coast Daily // September 10, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Lyn Cline, Liz Mikitarian and Dr. Louis Joseph talk about Hannah’s Heroes as they kick off their ‘Celebration of Hope Weekend’ with a cconcert that features American Idol finalist Danny Gokey on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Faith City Church in Titusville. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hannah’s Heroes will kick off their ‘Celebration of Hope Weekend’ with a concert that features American Idol finalist Danny Gokey on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Faith City Church in Titusville.
Last January Hannah Cline, a beautiful, talented and seemingly well-balanced Titusville middle school student ended her own life.
Although loved by many, Hannah was able to hide her deep feelings of pain and depression, and she ended up believing that her only escape was through suicide.
She left behind a devastated community and heartbroken family and friends.
“We can’t let Hannah be a statistic,” said Lyn Cline-Bulifant, mother of Hannah and president of Hannah’s Heroes.
“She wasn’t the person you would think that would commit suicide. She was captain of the cheerleading team, talented in gymnastics, singing and dance but also had many friends.”
Out of this tragedy has come the inspiration to form Hannah’s Heroes, Inc. — a non-profit 501(c)3 grassroots organization with a passionate mission to draw attention to our struggling youth population.
“We will work with and through community agencies and partners to develop solutions that will provide support for our community and prevent other losses,” said Cline-Bulifant.
Hannah’s Heroes was initiated in February by Cline-Bulifant, Hannah’s Mom, and Liz Mikitarian, a long-time area educator.
Hannah’s Heroes has accomplished much in its short existence. They have developed a board of directors and a student advisory group, and established themselves as a non-profit corporation in the state of Florida.
“We both said simultaneously ‘we have to do something’ there are kids that are suffering,” said Liz Mikitarian, vice president of Hannah’s Heroes.
“We have received tremendous support from the community and people are really thankful that we are opening the door about mental health.”
Hannah’s Heroes has held a Bullying Town Hall Meeting and conducted online surveys to gather information related to teen issues.
“This is a community that is in dire need for more mental health support, even across the country,” said Dr. Louis Joseph, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Parrish Medical Group.
“Parrish Medical Center is in the process of building an infrastructure for the mental health network.”
The organization is now enlisting an effort to implement Sources of Strength Youth Support programming in pilot schools in North Brevard.
“We are very excited for the two-day event which starts September 11 because we are bringing in a nationally known singer Danny Gokey,” said Mikitarian.
“He has gone into an inspirational mission in his life to bring hope wherever he goes and that is what we want to bring back for children, hope.”