Saving Lives, One Bench at a Time...

On May 22nd, 2018 we lost our son Joshua Nadelbach to suicide at the young age of only 21 years. He battled depression and anxiety, which started when he was about 15. After therapies and medication management for the last 2 years, it seemed that all this was in the past. He was, as I would say, like in remission. He was working a lot, going out with friends, planning his future, and was always just out and about. Well apparently, that smile he put on his face was actually a fake one, he was suffering still but this time in silence. Like any other illness he fought the battle and ultimately, he lost it. He wanted to live, he just wanted the pain to stop. The pain was the internal turmoil only he knew, and he lost the battle to this horrible illness called Depression and Anxiety. Josh was a kind soul, a wonderful son, and brother to Lauren, our daughter. Everyone said he was a true friend and that he was always there to lend a helping hand. He was a bright student who loved to spend time with his friends, go to concerts, and do all the things that 21-year olds like to do. We were actually told after he passed that he had been there for several of his friends who also suffer with depression and anxiety, while keeping his feelings to himself. He helped many through their struggles and was a selfless individual. He put the needs of others in front of his needs, when he was the one who needed help, but did not reach out for it. We believe that by doing this it gave him inner happiness and peace to know he was making a difference in other people’s lives. We want to have his legacy live on and we know he would want us to help save the lives of others. That is why I set up the GoFundMe to get the yellow benches to be made and placed in all schools, college campuses, and public parks/areas. We are now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit called Josh’s Benches for Awareness.

 

  • Cindy Nadelbach

When Cindy first questioned why this had happened, this song played from the music radio app she was streaming on her phone. It really stuck with her because of how relatable the lyrics were to the situation. Listening to this song by Boston helps her cope with the loss.

Day is night in New York City
Smoke, like water, runs inside
Steel idle trees to pity
Every living thing that's died
Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time
Oh yeah
Life is like the coldest winter
People freeze the tears I cry
Words of hail their minds are into
I've got to crack this ice and fly
Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time
Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time