Buck's Story

Buck got back to the gym to help cope with the loneliness and grieving he felt after becoming separated from his kids.  Eight years on, he’s still training, and with the support of others he’s been able to overcome his depression.

I lost my children through a relationship breakup

That was difficult because it dragged on for such a long time that it became like part of my life that every day at night, I was alone.


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I would think about my kids and I would always be sad

While I was driving and at work, I would just cry all the time. I would drink until I fell asleep. I just tried to get out of reality and not be part of the system that I felt was causing me so much pain.


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There was light at the end of the tunnel and every day I had support from my sister

She was there for me and without saying too much, she would always makes sure that she knew where I was. The biggest thing that I did and always helped me feel better was I trained.


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In service and doing something for other people, my life has changed

I have the greatest job in the world now. I give back to people that have been in my position. I give to them 150 percent and they give to me 150 percent back.


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This is what we do: we teach them a way out; that there is hope

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