We started The Jewels’ Angels Foundation, Inc. after our daughter, sister, took her own life on November 26, 2016.  She was only fourteen years old and a Freshman in High School.

You hear about all the stigmas about who commits suicide, but they are not always necessarily true.  Jewels was a well-liked kid with a 3.6 GPA, Honor Roll, taking college prep classes with plans on attending Humboldt State University.  She had aspirations of becoming a teacher or a child psychologist.

She was the kid you looked at and thought, “Wow, she has it all.”  But little did they know, that behind the brilliant smile, was a child suffering with depression.

However, she kept this part of her life silent and hidden.  Her true beauty lied within her soul.  She was one of the kindest people we have ever known.  She genuinely cared about others and she wasn’t afraid to voice her opinion when she thought you were wrong.  She saw the good in all people.  Everyone she touched fell in love with her because she was so easy to love.

A lot of times people judge those who take their own lives, but from what I’ve learned, is that they are the most courageous and strong individuals we could ever come into contact; although, I would guess that they didn’t know this about themselves.

We often ask ourselves, how could a child of fourteen years old have such an impact on our lives and all those she touched?  Her death, as well as other teens who choose to take their own lives; they teach us to notice our own imperfections, when it comes to loving all mankind.

After all, who are we to judge others or place them at fault, when we don’t know their situation?  A smile does not mean that the world is perfect and all is good, it’s merely a cover up to say, I will pretend to be okay for you,  because I love you, more than I love myself.