I am the father of Ciarra Joi "CJ" Rhodes. I am the man blessed to have 13 and a half years with my beautiful daughter. I am also the survivor of her teenage suicide. I miss her every minute of every day! I hope this site will keep her memory alive and maybe help others.

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Raptors Charity Tourney update

Not the final tally, but, the wonderful day spent with the Coblenz Raptors resulted in, at this point, 1000 euros being donated to charity.  We are proud to be bale to send 500 Euros to the AGUS charity here in Germany, http://www.agus-selbsthilfe.de/, that helps to raise awareness and also provides needed therapy to the survivors…

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2nd Annual Ciarra Rhodes Memorial Tourney

On 29-31 May, we will be holding the 2nd Annual Ciarra Rhodes Memorial Tourney in Babenhausen, Germany. We will be doing some things different this year.  We are looking for help.  We will be running our own catering so we could use helpers for that.  We are attempting to maximize our ability to donate to…

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Koblenz Softball Tourney against Bullying

We were honored to be a part of the 1st Annual Koblenz Raptors Softball against Bullying Indoor Fast Pitch Tourney.  This tourney was a great success!  Six teams from several European countries traveled to support Softball against Bullying and Teen Suicide awareness.  Teams from Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg were represented with players from all…

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Softball against Bullying Charity Tournament

Today we head to Koblenz, Germany for another great idea. Our softball family keeps growing. The Koblenz Raptor fast pitch softball team will hold the First Annual Softball against Bullying indoor Softball Tournament. All proceeds from this great day will go to charity in the name of our beloved daughter Ciarra. I will post more…

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New Charity we support in Germany

I am happy to be able to add the link for www.agus-selbsthilfe.de to our website.  This wonderful organization has helped TIna and I survive the last year.  AGUS is German Organization, solely private funded, that supports the survivors of Suicide.  We have been blessed to be able to find this organization.  We have been in…

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Feeling Alone

This week has been very rough, not only for me, as I am sure it has been for many.  Tomorrow morning is when I got the phone call from my brother telling me that Ciarra had committed suicide.  A phone call that I will never forget, I will never get those words out of my…

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Last night we had a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Fairfield Ohio.  They donated 10% of all sales to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from everyone that dined in their restaurant from 5-9.  Special thanks to Hope Amburgy for assisting with this and beginning this process for me.  There were several people that…

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Out of Darkness Walk

I attended the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention two weekends in a row.  The first one was in Erie Pennsylvania.  Last weekend was in Cincinnati, Ohio.  These were both very emotional for my family and I.  The walk in Cincinnati was very overwhelming for me.  There are times that I am not…

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