So who is this Hudson Scott that we speak of? Well, Hudson was the oldest of our three children, he was born when I was a young 21 years old and still in college.
From the day I met him, I knew he was sure to be a special boy. One of the noisiest babies around, but always the most inquisitive little guy. As he grew older, it was evident that this child had the biggest heart of anyone I'd ever met. He had a very strong passion for animals and improving human life. His goals as a young boy were to do anything that could make the world a better place. He wanted to cure cancer, he stopped eating meat because he didn't want animals to die for his benefit. As so many continue to tell stories of him, its stories of selflessness and always putting others before himself.
During his younger years we spent time focusing on family, love and his passion for football. He was in all high ability classes from 3rd grade onward and excelled in them all. As he grew older, the darkness of the world started to really bother him. There was a point when he was in middle school where he was being bullied so much that they had a You-tube video of him falling down on a loop and someone had even created a video game making fun of him. He was constantly called fat because he was a big bulky kid. He had worn a size 13 shoe since he was 12 years old. He was often called gay because he loved to wear makeup and do girl's hair.
As the teen years progressed things continued to get harder for Hudson. He went from being an all A student to struggling to focus in school, little did we know that he had so many distractions and negative influences pushing him every which direction. It was April of 2015 when we learned of Hudson's first suicide attempt and his ongoing struggle with major depression. Of the themes contributing to his sadness, the most frequent one was "the constant judgment of the world and the overall lack of acceptance for everyone" After a few weeks of inpatient care and finishing out the year with home school, we thought we were on the path to a happier Hudson. Little did we know that the love he was giving in every direction, the constant effort to pick up others when they were down and talking others off of the edge was him giving all that he had left.
While Hudson only gave us 14 years of his life, it was the fullest and most impactful 14 years of any life that I've ever been a part of. We miss you Hudson and we love you so very much, we will fight for your cause and spread the love that you believed in!
Jenna Scott, Vice President
“The moment suicide impacts your life; your world will never be normal”. I grew up in Lafayette, IN where I met my husband Wes. Wes is a package deal- you not only get him you get an amazing son (Hudson) and an amazing family and support system. After a few years Wes and I married, we welcomed Kellen (7), we moved to Brownsburg, IN, we welcomed Nora (2) and we lived a pretty average life. Our days were full of football, basketball, going to the park, being with loved ones and really focusing our time on family. Our lives drastically changed on 1/26/16. The hurt and pain that we are enduring has inspired me to tell our story, to tell Hudson’s story. To those looking at our site and reading this I want you to know no matter what your story is or where you are from or why you are here YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE NEEDED. YOU HAVE PURPOSE.
Jeremy Tritch, Board Member
Libby Yeager, Board Member
When Wes and Jenna reached out about the logo and web design for Project Hud;Son, I felt immediately connected to their cause and wanted to use my work as a means to give back and make a positive change in the world, in Hudson’s name.
I lost my favorite Uncle, John White, to the completion of suicide in November, 2011 at the young age of 43. Like Hudson, my uncle had a heart of gold and poured love and encouragement on to everyone who crossed his path. He was intimidatingly strong and burley on the outside but once you got to know him, he was the most mushy and lovable man you would ever meet. He never left a loved one’s side without saying the words “I love you” which is what I’m most thankful for since those became the last words we ever heard him say. My family and I were unaware that my uncle was depressed, let alone suicidal, until the day he successfully completed the act. I am determined to raise awareness and remove the stigma from depression and mental health so we can engage in conversations about these subjects and save lives.
Working with Project Hud;Son is one of the greatest honors of my life and I will do everything in my power to make sure our message is delivered loud and clear, as thoughtfully and visually engaging as possible.
I give back for those who are no longer with us. I give back for those who's journey's were cut short. I give back to make a change in this world, one graphic design at a time.
Jason Cooper, Board Members
I’ve been good friends with Wes for a long time. So long in fact, that I’m pretty certain Hudson was the first baby I ever held. He was most definitely the first child that I really got to watch grow up.
I spent the following eight years in Los Angeles working in the film industry, but in late 2008, my wife, Jessica, and I moved to Indianapolis with the hopes of beginning new careers and spending more time with old friends and family.
Since moving, I’ve been lucky enough to hold a variety positions in the marketing industry, and I’m currently the Director of Client Success at RocketBuild. But one of the real benefits of our move was spending more time with Wes and his family. I especially enjoyed getting to watch Hudson continue to grow. His unique combination of confidence, selflessness, and pure joy was a true inspiration. More than once I thought to myself, that if I was ever lucky enough to have a child, I’d want him/her to be just like Hudson.
I was lucky enough to meet Hudson as a baby. My husband, Jason, had been good friends with Wes, Hudson’s dad, since high school. Jason and I moved to Los Angeles for several years shortly after Hudson was born, but we always loved getting Hudson updates or grabbing dinner with him when we were back in town. We were huge fans of Hudson because he was so sweet, smart, and polite. His obsession with hedgehogs was particularly fascinating!
It was so amazing seeing Hudson grow up, which made it all the more heartbreaking to lose him. It still does not and will never feel understandable to lose such an incredible person like this. My hope is that Project Hud;Son can help bring awareness to this issue and, with the help of our friends and family, prevent even one more teen from making similar decisions.