A year earlier, Roger's gay teen son, Dominic, committed suicide. He was yet another victim of what is now known as bullycide. Apparently, Dom had taken a dare, kissed a boy, and was severely ridiculed for it. Roger, and his lovely wife Paola, turned the tragedy, and sheer heartbreak, into positive action. Roger campaigned vigorously to change the climate of hate, to end the bullying, and to prevent more teens, gay and straight alike, from committing suicide. And, his work was recognized around the world.
Now, a leader is gone. The baton has to be passed on. I believe that there are emerging warriors in the battle who are ready and able to share the baton and continue Roger's work. I believe firmly that if each person does everything in their power, in whatever capacity they're capable of, to fight this terrible epidemic, change will come.
Today, Roger's grief-stricken wife posted this message on a facebook page dedicated to Dominic. The question now is "who is ready to take on the call to action?"
What breaks my heart further is that Roger was doing such a good job of getting the message across, reaching very influential people. I simply do not have the expertise to carry on. I am hoping against hope that colleagues who knew Roger will understand what he was trying to achieve and will take up the baton. The war is not yet won."