Sometimes we cross paths with others that are battling struggles we have experienced in our own lives. These paths crossing are not a coincidence. People are brought into our lives for a reason. Tracy, Hallie and Donna are a prime example of this. Six years ago when Hallie’s son CJ was a victim to suicide, Tracy was a neighbor and unfortunately knew what was to come. Neither of them had any idea how their relationship would flourish at the time. Donna was one of Hallie’s best friends and has been there for Hallie every step of the way. While Tracy was able to provide Hallie with healing words and support, Hallie, without even being aware of it, inspired Tracy to open up and speak out. What the three of them eventually realized was that talking about their story was healing them in ways they never imagined.
Meet the Team
Founder & President
Tracy lost her cousin, Sue Ann Griffin, to suicide in 1990 and her dad, Milton Johnson Griffin, in 1994. In those years, suicide and mental illness were subjects that were not spoken of. Later in life, between the years of 2006 and 2016, suicide took the lives of five more people that she personally knew. Tracy knew for many years that she wanted to do something to help prevent suicide in her community. She was well aware of the effects suicide had on the loved ones left behind. Mental illness not only takes the lives of those that suffer, but in turn, those left behind later suffer from mental illness as well. Having had multiple conversations with Hallie about doing “something” to put a stop to this, the idea of Untold Strength finally came to fruition and with the help of Hallie and Donna, she made her dream happen.
Co-Founder & Vice President
Hallie knows all too well the horror of suicide and the devastating impact it leaves on a family. After an argument in 2010 with her 20-year-old son CJ, she was left to face life knowing her beloved son chose to end his with a single gunshot to the head. Although she blames herself for what transpired that day, Hallie is determined to prevent anyone else from walking in CJ’s shoes. She has spent the last 6 years raising awareness about the importance of organ donation and openly and honestly sharing CJ’s story as a way to foster conversation about suicide and the horrific destruction it leaves in it’s wake. As a way to deal with her own grief, Hallie started SCATTERING CJ, a project to spread her son’s ashes across the world. In doing so, the Scattering CJ Facebook page has become a community of compassionate people, many of who willingly share their own struggles with suicide. Hallie believes in Tracy’s vision and is anxious to see Untold Strength positively impact the lives of others.
It is the mission of these three ladies to do anything and everything they can to stop someone else from experiencing the pain they know all too well.
2017 Board of Directors