THE B#4 FOUNDATION
B4 you give up, stop and reach out!
The B#4 Foundation honors the life and achievements of Brady Hessbrook, who tragically took his own life on January 27, 2023. The B#4 Foundation strives to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention through education, outreach initiatives, advocacy, and community service.
Honoring a Life Lost - B#4
Founded in 2023, The B#4 foundation strives to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention through education, outreach initiatives, advocacy, and community service.
On January 27, 2023, Braden Scott ("Brady") Hessbrook, age 20, of Ithaca, MI, took his own life. Brady was a talented and dedicated athlete, excelling in football and basketball in high school. He grew up playing all kinds of sports with his sister Kelsey. Brady spent much of his life in the Ithaca football program, where his father, Terry, was the coach. Brady started his Ithaca career as the football team water boy, moved to become the team manager, and eventually played quarterback for coach Hessbrook. Brady was a 2021 graduate of Ithaca High School, was a four-year letter winner, earned First Team Division 7 All-State recognition from the Detroit Free Press, and was selected as the 2020 Associated Press Division 7-8 Player of the Year after helping the Yellowjackets to a 9-1 mark. Brady concluded his high school career by passing for 4,069 yards and 49 touchdowns, while completing 269-of-419 passes and rushing for 1,966 yards and 31 touchdowns in 37 career games. Brady went on to attend Wayne State University, where he was a member of the football team.
Throughout his life, Brady was remembered as much more than a decorated football player. He was an amazing son, brother, nephew, boyfriend, cousin, friend, leader, and teammate. Brady had an infectious smile and could light up a room. He had a strong faith in God and prayed daily, including before each game.
Brady had a great friend group at college. His roommate and hall neighbors were his best friends. He was living near his girlfriend of four years and excelling in his college courses. Mental health does not discriminate. You can have what the world pictures to be everything and still feel like you have nothing. It is okay to have the friends, family, significant other, and religion and still feel depressed. It is time to open the conversation to asking for help.