It was a tough Thanksgiving for journalist, children’s author and PETA media researcher Lisa Suhay. Before the holiday, her 45-year-old brother Adam Goldenthal – who was bipolar and lived in and out of homelessness for years on the streets of New York – was found dead in a city subway station, where he had made a bed out of flattened cardboard boxes.
I had to ask my husband to Photoshop the only image I have of Adam to hide the bruises and stitches visible on his face after a fight in a shelter last year so I could have something for the obituary and memorial service.
That kind of thing comes with the hidden territory of the families of the homeless. If they are called the “invisible people,” we are called nothing at all, if we’re fortunate, or by cruel names by the uninformed. People think we abandoned our loved ones. They think we turned our backs and don’t care. It may be true for some, but not for any I’ve ever met.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Suhay – who worked in the early 1990s for The New York Times – explains that ‘there is only one road to peace for me now and it comes with this opportunity to give thanks to all of those who were able to help my brother when I couldn’t.’ RIP.
Image of Suhay via: csmonitor.com