This movement is dedicated to the legacy of D'Mile Evan-Klein Cunningham (March 8th, 1988 - October 10, 2020) -- our son, brother, and friend.
He loved his family, cooking and running. In 2012, D'Mile was involved in a major car accident. Despite damaging his skull and other injuries, he graduated from Central State University. In 2014, D'Mile survived another major car accident. This was the beginning of his inability to cope with social and mental illness.
While pursuing a Master's degree at De'Vry University, he battled depression and heavy drinking. His use of alcohol and drug abuse caused his mental health to worsen and triggered symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Even though he struggled to cope, he sought medical help--he was his biggest advocate and fought throughout his life.
In March 2020, he was diagnosed with cancer and continued to use drugs and alcohol. On September 18th, 2020, he was sentenced to three days in jail and was then transferred to a treatment center. On October 10th, 2020 at 7:18 pm, D'Mile took his last breath.
His passing is still a huge mystery and we know we are not alone! Many families have experienced the loss of their loved ones who battle mental disorders. They are jailed for non-violent crimes such as alcoholism, drug use, and mental illness, and they never get the help they need.
The Miles We Walk is a non-profit organization designed to support, educate and empower at-risk youth and adults through self-empowerment workshops. The vision and mission is based on how he lived: with self-confidence and self-advocacy.
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