After Ryan took his own life, his family and friends wanted to do something that would make a real difference in peoples’ lives as well as honor his memory. To that effect, #themarshalleffect was established in October of 2019. It has been a very busy year for us: we acquired 501(c)3 nonprofit status and registered as a Charity in Good Standing with the State of Colorado in February 2020. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the many events and activities that were planned had to be cancelled, however, we were able use that time to focus on what we hoped to accomplish in an effort to save others from the pain we felt. We unanimously decided to financially support people at risk of self harm and/or who are in abusive relationships. We also wanted to reach out and support others’ efforts within the community, as Ryan enjoyed doing. With our mission clearly established, we were able to expand our website, design brochures, establish a market place for merchandise sales, which supports our administrative costs, and set up a Donate link within our website. We were back in business as usual starting in June, with several events and fundraisers planned and executed for the fall. In October, thanks to Alisa at Dream Site Designer, we were able to launch our new website, moving from themarshalleffect.com to themarshalleffect.org. And, as this newsletter is being written, we are in collaboration with a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group, the form of therapy that provides the most effective known intervention for people at high risk of self-harm and suicide. Because of your help, we will be able to provide financial support for DBT clients, who otherwise cannot afford therapy, by the two year anniversary of Ryan’s death on 29 December 2020.