Thank you for visiting the Expedition Hope™ Web site.

Battling depression and other mental illnesses affects millions of people not only in North America, but also around the world. It has become my personal mission to help raise awareness and funds for this very serious issue.

In 1986, my father, Virgil A. Lawson, committed suicide when I was 16 years old. He had battled depression for years. He felt isolated and estranged, and, therefore, never sought help. Had he had the proper support and treatment, his life may have been saved. It’s my goal to help erase the stigma of someone seeking help and to prevent what I experienced from happening to another family.

Expedition Hope is a challenge I have taken on, with the support of Eli Lilly and Company, to raise awareness about depression and to remind people of the risks of letting depression go untreated. Recognizing emotional and physical symptoms of depression, and seeking treatment early on, will increase the chances of someone with depression getting well and staying well.

My father’s illness left him isolated and too ashamed to ask for help. That’s why I’m dedicating this effort to him and the millions of others around the world that battle with depression. I want to focus attention on the stigma that keeps so many who battle depression from seeking the treatment they so desperately need to live a better life.

Thank you for your support! Together, we can overcome any obstacle, one step at a time.