Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation
1607 Capitol Ave. Suite 330 Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 256-3344

About Us

The primary mission of our organization is Suicide Prevention through Awareness and Education. Formed in 2010 by BJ Ayers, Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation continues its critical work for the community of Cheyenne and throughout the State of Wyoming.

The foundation will provide resource information and assistance to those who know someone in crisis, or to those who are in crisis; and provides support to survivors - those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Gf2b has been designated as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. As such, we have tax exempt status with an assigned Employer Identification Number of: 27-1304145. Persons or organizations that make contributions to us may take a deduction in that amount on their own tax returns (but please check with your tax advisor).

 
2014-2015 Board of Directors

Not in picture–Allysha Moreno, Jason Hutchinson, Steve Smyth

BJ Ayers
Founder

Rhianna Brand
Director of Operations

Pam Frank
Administrative Assistant

Feliciana Turner
Secretary

Andrew Roberts
Treasurer

Rick Boheler
Chair

Liz Schroll
Co-chair

Dan Hedrick

Liz Jefferson

Allysha Moreno

Jason Hutchinson

Steve Smyth
 
2013-2014 Board of Directors

Rick Boheler
President - Email

Allysha Moreno
Vice President- Email

Feliciana Turner
Secretary - Email

Jon Radomsky
Treasurer - Email

The Rev. David Stratton
Member - Email

Liz Jefferson
Member - Email

Marty Luna
Member - Email

Jason Hutchinson
Member - Email

Periann Witt
Member - Email

Liz Schroll
Member - Email

Jennifer Miller
LCCC Liaison - Email

Naomi Berg
Marketing Coordinator - Email

JoDell Moon
Member - Email

BJ Ayers
Executive Director - Email

Dan Hedrick
Member - Email
 
2012-2013 Board of Directors

Rick Boheler
President - Email

Allysha Moreno
Vice President- Email

Jon Radomsky
Treasurer - Email

The Rev. David Stratton
Member - Email

Liz Jefferson
Member

Tonja Moon
Member - Email

Naomi Berg
Marketing Coordinator

BJ Ayers
Executive Director - Email

Board Member Photos Courtesy of Martin Altenbern

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day CBS News Channel 5 Coverage:

 

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day CBS News Channel 5 Coverage:

 

Volunteers of Grace - A Tribute


Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation - A Tribute to our Volunteers. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, February, 2012

 

Grace For 2 Brothers Walk of Grace 2011

Walk of Grace 2011

Photos by Doug Rudnik Photography

 

BJ Ayers, speaks at a local high school, regarding suicide awareness and prevention.

To have BJ speak at your school or community event, contact her at the foundation,
307-432-4049, or by email at gracefor2brothers@gmail.com

 

From Series "By Our Own Hand' - Casper Star Tribune - Sept. 18-23, 2011

Interview with BJ Ayers, Executive Director, during Walk of Grace 2011

Video: Allysha Moreno, Survivor and Board Member - Gf2b, during Walk of Grace 2011

 

3rd Annual Gf2b Memorial Golf Tournament 2011

3rd Annual Gf2b Memorial Golf Tournament - 2011
Photos by Andrew Boheler

 

Walk of Grace 2010

Walk of Grace 2010
Photos by Doug Rudnik Photography

 

2nd Annual Gf2b Memorial Golf Tourney 2010

2nd Annual Gf2b Memorial Golf Tournament - 2010
Photos by Andrew Boheler

 

Walk of Grace 2010 - Memorial Video

Our heartfelt thanks to Danielle Parham (Whoopi) for this incredible memorial video.

 

About our Founder:
BJ Ayers, affectionately known to her sons' friends as “Mama BJ”, formed the non-profit organization Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation in November of 2009 following the death of her oldest son, Beau Wagner.  Although Beau completed suicide on August 4th, 2009, BJ's personal and intense grief journey started several years earlier with the death of her youngest son, Brett, who had completed suicide on December 1, 2005 at the age of 19.

“My world, and that of my family, changed in an instant, when my youngest son Brett completed suicide. We all struggled to come to grips with how this vibrant young man could end his life. I grieved for my baby; I grieved for my surviving sons, for his friends and for my mother. It was something that changed our lives forever. Never- never in a million years, did I think we would ever have to endure anything like it again.

My life shifted and shattered once more with the tragic death of my oldest son Beau, who also completed suicide. My son was only 26 years old and left behind his own young son, Blaize Michael.  Blaize is my heart, my grandson- he was just 16 months old when his Daddy died.

Beau had started on a downward spiral a few months before his death, and he promised me that he would not end his life. He promised. He knew what we had all endured with the death of his youngest brother. Unfortunately, our repeated attempts to help him ended in the worst nightmare a mother can face, and the circumstances, suicide, yet again invaded our lives. Another child taken from me- it still, some days, seems incomprehensible that I would have to endure this not once, but twice in my lifetime. I will never recover; I will never be the same. But life does go on- this much I know to be true.

I remember sitting in our backyard a couple of days after Beau died. Somehow, amongst all the people at the house in those first few terrible days, I was blessedly alone for a few moments. I remember the warm sun on my face. And I remember closing my eyes, and thinking to myself, 'Oh, God - I don’t know why this had to happen. Why would this happen again?' I wasn’t sure I had it in me to endure this heart-wrenching, visceral agony yet again. So I made a deal- a deal with God- that somehow, some way, He would give me the strength to somehow use me, to get to these kids, to the young adults- to somehow reach them so that another mother will not feel this pain.

This was not God’s plan, to have my sons end their lives in this tragic way. I will do everything in my power to make a difference. To make a difference in the life of just one person.  Although I may not ever know if I’ve made a difference, I must try. My hope is to help. Just one life at a time.
To tell my story. Again. And Again. And Again.

I will NOT go quietly."

(BJ Ayers lives with her husband, Jeff, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Their surviving son, Blair, is the Head Sports Performance Coach for Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti. They have one grandchild, Beau’s son, Blaize).

 

Board of Directors, Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation, 2010-2011