EUGENE, Ore. -- The Kim Sticka PTSD Art and Music Foundation hosted their 2nd annual PTSD Symposium in Eugene Saturday.
Ron Sticka lost his daughter Kim two years ago and he said the best way to memorialize her would be to affect change in an area that she cared so deeply for which was the well being of others.
"I think there's a lot to be done and i think if we can serve as a beacon for other communities around Oregon and then reaching out to other states as well, let's take this on a national crusade," said Sticka. "(Let's) get some things done nationwide. Maybe start turning this ship around on a better course."
Sticka created this foundation in memory of his daughter and now he holds these symposiums to inform and educate the community of the reality of PTSD.
The event featured educators, psychologists, and other community leaders devoted to raising awareness for an illness that affects nearly 10% of Americans.
Senator James Manning JR. spoke at the event and he said that when it comes to treating our nation's most vulnerable, one has to take a step back and decide if they want to move forward with love and understanding - or with hate.
"(Ask yourself) are these the types of values that I hold as an individual?" said manning. "Is this where I want the future of our country to be?"
The Lane PTSD task force was also rolled out at the event, group of 13 people who are dedicated to being advocates and support systems for those with PTSD.
This is the second annual PTSD symposium, but Sticka says he hopes to have them for many years to come.
You can find a list of the foundation's other events here.