Johnny’s Story

“To me, altruism means being selfless or giving to other people, even when there may be nothing to gain and something to lose. Altruistic people do things for the collective interest instead of their own.” — Johnny Stack

Johnny Stack was born on February 7, 2000 and died by suicide on November 20, 2019 at the age of 19. He was an incredibly intelligent, funny, charming, handsome young man, which you can see in his tribute video. We are a normal suburban family and did normal family things. He had a happy life, a 4.0 GPA with a scholarship to college, and a family who loved him very much. Unfortunately, we live in Colorado, which was the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, when Johnny was 14 years old.



Johnny’s Ambassadors educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind.

Who are the Ambassadors? An Ambassador is “A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” Johnny’s Ambassadors are “the people and organizations who help adolescents suffering from substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide ideation.” Our allied organizations work together to save the lives of our youth, and Johnny’s Ambassadors will help to promote their activities.

Why use the name Johnny? Personification is “a person, animal, or object regarded as representing or embodying a quality, concept, or thing; the representation of an abstract concept in human form.” The name Johnny, to us, represents ALL adolescents who suffer similar substance abuse, mental illness, and suicidal ideation.


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