EUGENE, Ore. -- Churchill senior Carson Lydon committed to play baseball at Oregon next year. It's been a dream of his since he was a little leaguer.
“Since I was a little kid all I’ve wanted to do was be a professional baseball player," Lydon said.
But for Lydon, the game of baseball comes secondary to the game of life.
“On February 14th, 2017, I lost my friend Will Manstrom-Greening to suicide," Lydon said. "Shortly after that I fell into a deep state of depression and suicidal actions as well. “
Baseball was the last thing on Lydon's mind.
“I felt, maybe, what if I texted him? What if I reached out to him earlier? What if I hung out with him, or something like that," Lydon said.
It prompted Lydon to start A World Free of Suicide, a non-profit organization to help spread suicide prevention awareness.
“I want to save lives," Lydon said. "I want to be as important to someone as they need me to be.”
“When I first started this, I didn't think it was going to get this big," Lydon said.
Lydon hopes to collaborate with the University of Oregon when he arrives on campus.
The goal is to continue to push suicide prevention awareness. Lydon says his friend, Will, will always be the organization's driving force.
“I think he’d be proud of me," Lydon said. "I think all he’d say is I’m proud of you Carson.”