AFTER A SERIES of setbacks spanning his health, business and personal life, James Donaldson tells KING5’s Chris Daniels he battled depression, and also contemplated and planned a suicide attempt. Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s suicide had a profound impact on him, and helped him find his way back.
DURHAM — Nolan Lennon is living the dream these days.
A few weeks after graduating from Clemson, he’s already pursuing an MBA as he prepares for his final season of eligibility with a soccer program that played for a national title just four seasons ago.
Several times during his speech on Tuesday, Mark Hilinski paused a few moments to compose himself. He always cries, his wife said later, when he addresses an audience and tells the story of his son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in 2018.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and it’s imperative to highlight one of the most important discussions we often overlook in society.
“WSU is the only school in the country that could have this many quarterbacks return to support their football program,” said one. The shared love of the school and community, marveled the other, was a bond that crossed generations and eras.
The first-ever QB Classic raised $150,000 for the CAF and $25,000 for Hilinski’s Hope.
Washington State spring game raises more than $80,000 for Cougar Health Fund, generates conversation around mental health