Donation to Beacon Tree by Michael and Georgia Wiley in memory of their son, Breslin Thomas Wiley.
October 12, 1996-October 27, 2017
Breslin Thomas Wiley died by suicide on October 27, 2017 out of the blue. No mental health issues that the family was aware of. No drug abuse, no signs, no warning. He had just turned 21.
Breslin was beautiful inside and out. He never met a stranger, and never made an enemy. He was also incredibly intelligent, and athletic. His mother called him “Charlie Bear” from the time he was a baby.
He was a happy-go-lucky Junior at Elon having the time of his life, enjoying his best academic semester to date, getting ready to head to his study abroad in the Dominican Republic. He had made plans to attend the S. Carolina football game with his twin brother on Oct 11, 2017. That night he went to a sorority formal, had a blast and was the life of the party as always.
His mother, Georgia, was to speak at a Breast Cancer event he had volunteered her for on Sunday and was going to skip his first baseball game so he could hear the talk. Instead, she got a call that afternoon he’d killed himself.
Suicide is not an act of selfishness, but a cause of death. We can’t explain why some people suffer from these “brain attacks” and others don’t but we do know that having a conversation about it helps prevent it. We are proud to honor Breslin’s memory here.
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