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Evan's Voice of Hope Friends for Mental Health


Evan Thomas Moffitt
February 11, 1992 ... May 16, 2004

Evan was the only child of Jamie and Bill Moffitt. He had a huge love of life and a never-ending smile. He was an intelligent, fun-loving boy with a great zest for life and was always there to help anyone who needed it. He loved school and all of his classes, especially math. Teachers, parents, and classmates commented on how bright he was and how he always made them laugh.

Evan had many interests, like Gameboy and Gamecube, and would spend countless hours with his friends playing them. He liked to watch cartoons on TV; his favorites were Sponge-Bob and a Japanese cartoon called Hamtaro. Evan played percussion in the school band at Winfield Elementary and New Windsor Middle. He also enjoyed taking part in school plays.

Evan was a five-year member of the Boy Scouts of America. He started with Tiger Cubs and continued through Webelos, earning the Cub Scout's Highest Honor, the Arrow of Light. Evan played soccer and baseball for the Winfield Recreation League, and his favorite positions were goalie and catcher. He had a great bat swing.

When Evan was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and later depression.

Evan was on several medications and was seeing a counselor for therapy. Tragically, five months into treatment, Evan suddenly took his own life. In reality, mental illness, a brain disorder, took his life. Evan was only 12 years old.

“The loss of our son was unimaginable,” said the Moffits. “Because of our tremendous grief and sorrow, we felt compelled to reach out to others who are thinking about giving up on life. Our goal is to help children afflicted with mental illness get the help they so desperately need. Every child needs to understand they are not alone, that their lives are extremely precious and there is hope. In our hearts, we believe that’s what Evan would want us to do.

Voice of Hope was created to make the community more aware of mental-health issues among children. Collaboratively working with Friends for Mental Health and Connecting with Kids, the programs hope to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental-health issues through education and public awareness.

Evan's Voice of Hope: Friends for Mental Health is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. For more information, please contact us at 410-876-5505.


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