Niagara Gazette

Local News

July 7, 2014


Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF NIAGARA -- It’s not a topic that Pat Travers, his daughter, Carly, or anyone in their family shies away from talking about.

Since Billy Travers committed suicide 20 years ago, the family has made the cause of suicide prevention its mission.

“When it happened to Billy, you don’t know why and you look for answers,” Pat Travers said. “He was just a happy-go-lucky guy.”

The loss haunted the family until 2007, when Kenny Travers, the youngest of the 15 Travers siblings, found the website of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He also learned about the organization’s Out of the Darkness Walks.

Shortly after that, “Billy’s Bunch” was formed and the Travers became regulars when the walks were hosted on the east coast. 

Each walker pledges a minimum of $1,000 to do the 16- to 18-mile walk. Walkers begin their trek at sunset and end it at sunrise.

“It’s designed to bring us out of the darkness,” Carly Travers said. “That’s what the walk is about. It’s about bringing (the subject of suicide and suicide prevention) out of the closet and showing that there’s help and you just have to reach out for that help.”

When Kenny Travers walked in 2007, it was in New York City, home to his family and the place where Billy took his life. The most recent walk, a week ago in Philadelphia, saw Kenny and Carly, joined by her uncle, Max Travers, and her cousin, Kristen Travers-Lizzi.

It was Carly’s third walk.

“My uncle Kenny and I are very close, and I wanted to do (the walk) with him,” Carly Travers said. “It starts with a ceremony and people come up and talk about their loss.”

At a recent walk, Pat Travers recalled a mother whose 12-year-old son, a victim of bullying, had taken his life. He said the woman walked the course in her son’s sneakers.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results