In Loving Memory of David B. Price

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Watertree Health® remembers David B. Price, an outstanding Service Rep, who passed away on October 26, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a loving husband to Elaine Price, with whom he had five children and seven grandchildren.

Thank you to Elaine Price for her incredible strength and determination, carrying on the work that they shared: helping people afford their medications, while helping grant wishes. In honor of David’s memory, Watertree Health granted Grayson’s wish to go on a Caribbean cruise. This was one of many wishes made possible by David’s mission-driven focus. With his passing, the Price Family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Make-A-Wish® Central & Northern Florida chapter. They were touched by the generous amount of donations.

Central & Northern Florida was one of three pilot chapters that launched the program benefitting Make-A-Wish. Although they had a little head start, they have maintained receiving the most donations out of all 62 chapters, translating to 35 of the 230 wishes granted total. David’s efforts had a major impact on that success and played a large role in helping bring hope, strength, & joy to children with critical illnesses through those wishes.

Thank you Elaine for opening up about David to share what an amazingly giving person he was with our company and community.

David, from Detroit, followed in his father’s footsteps and began his career in the printing industry. His journey continued when his path led him Florida, where he started a career with Denny’s restaurant and met his future wife Elaine.

After a lengthy career with Denny’s, David no longer wanted to be away from home due to travel. He returned to the printing industry and worked as District Sales Manager for USA Today. There he met T.J. Trahey, who introduced and referred David to Watertree Health.

13509007_10209826070996836_5675389563015030072_n“When he first started [with Watertree Health], he said, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that I can do something like this because it’s such a win-win.’ He always wanted to help people, but with work and family, it was hard to find time. He had planned to dedicate more time volunteering in retirement, but now he didn’t have to wait—he was so impressed that he could help people get the medications they needed while granting wishes and earning a living,” Elaine said.

“Children were a soft spot for David. Having five kids and seven grandkids, I remember he would get very emotional reading the wish stories from our community. Those stories fueled him and encouraged him to get the word out about our card.”

As he continued working, his passion grew stronger and stronger. His hard work paid off, landing him in the elite President’s Club amongst the top 10% of the company. David preached to his children and grandchildren the importance of having good character, as he himself lived everyday by exemplifying honesty, integrity, hard work, loyalty and always giving 100%.

Eric Burgess, Trina Burgess, Marianne King, Amy Heard, Kari Kircher, Mercy McCusker, Wayne Dalton, Candy Sleight, Lee Waid, Shane Power, Noelle Maloney, Midge Edmond, and David Price

Eric Burgess, Trina Burgess, Marianne King, Amy Heard, Kari Kircher, Mercy McCusker, Wayne Dalton, Candy Sleight, Lee Waid, Shane Power, Noelle Maloney, Midge Edmond, and David Price

Shane Power, Watertree Health President, added: “Watertree Health was honored to have David and Elaine price as valued members of our team. David added immediate value to his community through our prescription discount card. His community was one of the top areas in the country in terms of increased access to their medications through our savings program. David quickly rose to become a President’s Club Member, and really touched everyone on our President’s Club Trip with his passion, enthusiasm, and outgoing personality. David was a pleasure to be around and we will be forever grateful for his impact on his community and our company.”

David’s legacy will serve as an example of what it means to truly believe in something and put all of your heart and soul into it. Thank you to the Price Family for all you have given and continue to give back to your community and Make-A-Wish.

In honor of David B. Price.

Grayson, 10

I wish to go on a Caribbean cruise

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Zac, 4

I wish to go see snow 

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Mackenzie, 19

I wish to have a bedroom makeover

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Take the Glamour Out of Suicide

HuffPo HeaderOriginally published in Huffington Post 5/2/17  

By Shane Power, President of
Watertree Health, and Lisa Chau, Communications Manager of Watertree Health

Mother discussing mental health/suicide with son.
Last year, we warned that Skyrocketing Suicide Rates Could Become a Public Health Epidemic. The number of girls 10 to 14 years old who committed suicide tripled from 1999 to 2014.

This year, the topic re-surfaces with the recent release of Netflix’s series “13 Reasons Why”, coinciding with national mental health awareness month in May. The show was produced as a passion project by Selena Gomez, and is based on Jay Asher’s young-adult novel. The story is about a teenage girl who committed suicide and left 13 cassette tapes with her reasons for killing herself.

The controversial series has come under fire for being a “dangerous fantasy that romanticizes suicide.” As NBC News reports, Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ Carries Danger of Glorifying Suicide, Experts Say. Clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Phyllis Alongi feels the show was produced “irresponsibly” because children are watching it without supervision – Kids need someone to help them process the scenes on screen, and distinguish plot device from reality.

Mental health experts and suicide prevention centers were so concerned about the series that Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and JED published 13 talking points for young adults and parents/guardians to discuss while watching the show.

The highly rated program is incredibly popular and has been reported by Variety as the most tweeted about show so far this year. Parents and experts fear the series will spark other teenagers to commit suicide or engage in other dangerous behaviors.

The reality is suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and the rate continues to rise. Teenagers are in a precarious mental state and we need to help them live long, healthy lives. Suicide should never come across as glamorous. It’s a horrific decision that impacts family, friends and everyone affected by the tragedy.

* RESOURCES:

By phone: If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

By text: Volunteers are also available by SMS now — Crisis Textline offers nationwide, free crisis intervention via text message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In person: If you unable to spend time with supportive family and friends, third party resources are available in person. For example, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has chapters in every state.

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Mental Health Daily suggests coping strategies that include positive distraction by reading, writing or watching movies and television. Exercise is highly recommended because it provides a natural antidepressant effect quickly by stimulating endorphin production to boost mood.

Healthline reminds everyone to take their prescriptions as directed by medical professionals. Drug compliance is extremely important. Suicidal feelings can increase with improper medication dosage. If prescription drugs are producing negative side effects, speak with a doctor about alternative options — consult a professional before changing your medical schedule.