Originally reported on SensibleReason.com on October 16, 2013
Twenty-five marks a big birthday. You are a quarter of a century old, on the brink of adulthood with still enough energy to remember and relive your college years. While some choose to celebrate the milestone with a lavish party with a million of their closest friends or some crazy adventure like skydiving or bungee jumping, one man has a different idea.
Wade Addison‘s only wish for his 25th birthday is to raise $25,000 in 25 days for the Trevor Project, a leading foundation in the suicide prevention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Addison’s campaign, “25 for Trevor,” kicked off Wednesday morning and will run for 25 days until November 9, when all funds will be donated to the Trevor Project. The campaign team will document each step of their progress for supporters via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.
After growing up in a small religious town in Texas, the influence of a benevolent family made “raising both awareness and funds for various causes just come somewhat naturally to me,” Addison said in an interview with Buzzfeed.
His goal for “25 for Trevor”? “To educate anyone and everyone who will listen in hopes that they will become familiar with The Trevor Project,” Addison said. “Hopefully they’ll be compelled to donate even $5 to support their mission ofending suicide among our LGBTQ youth and saving young lives.”
The Trevor Project provides a number of life-saving and life-affirmingresources and workshops in an attempt to prevent suicides among the LGBTQ young community. Their resources include a free and confidential nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, a digital community that creates a safe and supportive environment, in-school workshops and educational materials for both adults and youth, and a slew of other ways to recieve and provide help from their website.
At press time “25 for Trevor” has already raised almost $4000 from 71 donors in less than one day.
Check out the promotional video for the 25 for Trevor campaign and learn more about how you can get involved here: