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Illinois State University Speaker Series – John Trautwein
Former Major League Baseball pitcher, international business executive, and author John Trautwein will present A Positive Passion & Will at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Redbird Arena to tell the story about losing his teenage son, Will, to suicide in 2010 and share what he learned as a grieving parent who was unaware of the issues that faced his child and still burden millions of teens today.
He and his wife, Susie, have become a positive force for change through The Will To Live Foundation, a nonprofit they created after losing Will during his freshman year of high school. More than $1 million has been raised through the organization to prevent teen suicide by raising awareness and education about mental health. Their story has also been shared through Trautwein’s book, My Living Will—A Father’s Story of Loss & Hope.
This presentation is sponsored by the Office of the President, Illinois State Athletics, and State Farm.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.