Category: Stories of Hope

Running for a cause: Team Erika’s Lighthouse

15 years ago, my family lost a close friend. Erika Neuckranz lost her life to adolescent depression at just 14 years old. Erika was like a 3rd sister to me, similar in age to my two older sisters. She was our next door neighbor in Chicago, and one of the brightest spirits I can remember.  […]

Celebrating 15 Years as A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

Erika’s Lighthouse is celebrating its 15 year anniversary! I can’t believe how much we’ve grown over the years. In 2004, after the loss of their daughter Erika, founders Ginny and Tom Neuckranz set out to prevent this from ever happening to another child. In April 2004, our first meeting was held and by May, Erika’s […]

Weighty Matters on My Mind – Can Weight Lifting & Exercise help Depression?

Weighty Matters on My Mind – Can Weight Lifting & Exercise help Depression? How many of you have told yourselves that you want to lose 20 lb. by an event that you have in 3 days? Why stop there? Why not lose 10 lb. today? I’ve had so many goals around weight loss – lose […]