"Kristen Anderson: Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice," Oct. 4

September 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – With 19 million Americans struggling with depression and suicide being the third leading cause of death for those aged 15-24, Kristen Anderson’s story is sure to be relevant to some when she speaks at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Center Ballroom.

As a 17-year-old, Kristen wanted to die. One cold winter night she impulsively decided to lay down on train tracks where 33 freight train cars went over her at 55 miles per hour. Instead of losing her life, Kristen lost both legs and was told she would probably be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

After that night on the train track, Kristen felt worse than ever. She spent many months searching for answers before publicly sharing her story with high school groups. Kristen later started Reaching You Ministries, an organization aimed at suicide prevention and to help those struggling with depression. In May 2010, she released her autobiography “Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice.”

This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs as part of the Spartan Speaker Lecture Series (S3), which was created to contribute to the intellectual development of USC Upstate students through the presentation of interesting and relevant information on a variety of scholastic and community oriented interests.

For more details, call (864) 503-5122.