Erik's Cause - http://www.erikscause.org
Brianna Reid Canacari, a vibrant loving 12 year old girl who loved life and had a positive future ahead of her, put her life in her hands "Brianna hung herself, possibly as a result of playing the Choking Game." on June 16, 2010. She was in ICU in a coma for four days and died June 19, 2010 at 11:17pm. The family was devastated by their loss. However, while dealing with the pain, guilt, and confusion surrounding her death Babette realized a way to both honor her and help others. In 2010, just shortly after the death of Brianna the BRI foundation, (Breathing-Reassurance-Into Teens) was born, dedicated to promoting education and awareness on risky behavior (The Choking Game) and Teen Suicide across America. BRI is committed to providing a sense of hope and change for victims and families. Their advocacy for this cause originates from their own personal tragedy. Their efforts focus on fundraising and outreach events to further education, awareness on teen risky behavior and, ultimately, saving lives. This so called game is taking our children's lives and it must be stopped! We want you to have tomorrow with your children.
In October of 2014 we officially became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and re-named our foundation to
"The BRI Project"
Follow Babette's JOURNEY on Grief, Hope and Inspiration, she has been writing every since Brianna died, sharing her deepest thoughts the raw emotions of a grieving family, their struggles, and what this has done to their family. The family is left with the many broken pieces left behind. Each day is a struggle to get up and make it through another day. It doesn't get better we just learn to live with the pain, the pain that is so unbearable, Babette made a promise to Brianna that she would fight for other children, other families so they would not have to go through this. With the love and support of family, friends and people she has never met they have made a difference together..
The BRI Project wants every child to know they are not alone and their are options. As adults most of us can put up with bad day after bad day, as we are conditioned and empowered to control our environment. We also can make our own decisions. Kids on the other hand have a very limited ability to control their environment and have the same limits as to their ability to make independent decisions. It can take as little as 7 bad days in a row without any change in environment to give a child the impression of hopelessness and therefore fail to see a way out of the environment without some drastic irrational decision. But this is a decision that kids can make that no one else can influence...They are in control which is what they typically fail to feel they have in their own environment. Keep this in mind when you talk to your kids about bad days or circumstances. Talk through solutions with them and never discount bad stretches they may have... It is obviously not this simple, but most of the time the child does not really want an end to life, but just an end to the current circumstances they cannot control... You have the power to: Embrace Control Change Breath Reassure