Gasp (The Choking Game)
It was a tragedy when 16 year old Elijah Cole played the choking game and subsequently died of his injuries leaving behind a devastated family, friends & community. His mother asked me to sing at his funeral and on the day before the service, I wrote “Angels” to help raise awareness for this deadly game and have included it on my newest album due to be released in the Fall of 2010.
Here is an excerpt from Gasp’s homepage:
The Choking Game is a misunderstood activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide. It often begins with high-achieving teens choking each other as a way to get high without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It ends with thousands of kids dying or suffering permanent brain damage each year.
Set up by families of Choking Game victims, GASP is a global nonprofit campaign that fights this “game” with the most powerful weapon at our disposal: education. Most people have no idea how dangerous the Choking Game is until it hits close to home—but we can prevent suffering by publicizing the danger in our schools and homes.
Together, we can stamp out this deadly game in your community.
Our goals for 2010 are to:
- Conduct programs in all 50 US states and all 10 Canadian provinces
- Become a part of the DARE curriculum
- Complete an official GASP trainer certified program
Jeanette Arsenault ©2008
A song for Elijah Cole
J. Arsenault c. 2008
There are angels upon this earth
Angels who are sent to us at birth
They are born to show us love
They’re a gift from above (REPEAT)
They are heaven-sent
They are heaven-lent
They are miracles to behold
They are dear to us
Forever near to us
To bring us joy untold
There are angels all around us
Angels who surround us
Who hold our hearts in their hands
When we just don’t understand