WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A beautiful soul, a personality that lit up a room and a smile as pure as they come. Remington Hope Young, 20, was known for her can-do attitude and love of life.
“She’s just the color yellow as a human, she’s the brightest, happiest person in every room,” said friend Kendyl Johnson.
“She was a good girl,” said Remington’s mother, Amy Young. “If somebody was being bullied, she would be the person who would, you know, stand up for him. That was who she was.”
“Brilliant, outgoing, the most beautiful heart,” said family friend Carmen Johnson.
Behind the smile and positivity, Remington, known to many as Remi, was fighting a dark battle, one that would end her life.
Remington Young – The power-tumbler who could
Remi was born on August 3, 2001. See the article : #BaeInHyuk Talks About Being A Cheerleader In New Drama “#CheerUp” With #HanJiHyun – Latest Tweet by. Remi’s mother, Amy, said her bubbly daughter instantly gravitated towards cheerleading.
“She said, ‘Mom, I want to fall,’ so we took her to gymnastics,” Amy said. “She started there when she was two and she just left. They called her a “power dripper”.
Amy said that Remi mastered her backstroke before Kindergarten. Began cheering competitively in Cheer Eclipse at age 5.
“It would consume her and at one point she was on two teams, two competitive teams,” Amy said.
Collin Lee and Kendyl competed with Remi in Cheer Eclipse for nearly a decade.
“I remember at recess she would fall over, and she was so talented at such a young age. She knew how to spin, she knew how to fall, she was amazing and she inspired me so much,” Collin said.
“She was always the most talented person. I’m older than her, but I remember growing up, I just wanted to be like Remi when I grew up,” Kendyl said.
Kendyl, Collin, and Remi would eventually go on to cheer together at Maize High School.
“She is the person who made me the person and athlete I am today. I wouldn’t be here without her. I wouldn’t have the ability without her,” Collin said.
After Maize High, Remi took her charismatic and tumbling skills to the University of Kansas (KU).
“His freshman year, he was the first freshman to make the national team,” Amy said. “That was amazing. She had wanted to be a KU cheerleader for as long as I can remember.”
Shining bright, yet fighting a dark battle
In his sophomore year, Remi was named captain of the KU cheerleading team, a title voted on by his teammates. From the outside looking in, it looked like Remi had it all. On the same subject : T. J. Edwards: “I want to be that guy in the middle”. She was excelling in school and on the cheer team, but according to her mother and close friends, Remi was struggling.
“One minute he’s in front of, you know, 60,000 people cheering for the KU football team, and the next minute he’s in bed and can’t get out for three days,” Amy said.
Amy said Remi started dealing with anxiety and depression until her freshman year of college. After her first year at KU, Remi tried to take her own life. Soon after, Amy said Remi and her doctors created a program for her. He was taking medication and meeting with a therapist regularly.
“I was lucky enough to see what happens when you have therapy and medication and what happens when you don’t. There was a huge difference [between] his freshman and sophomore years when he was working through his programs with his therapist and his psychiatrist and everything I was supposed to do,” Amy explained.
Remi’s mental health took a turn in her freshman year when she broke her ankle.
“She was hurt. She saw the spiral start with her grades and she was having a hard time,” Amy said.
Remi soon lost her spot on the KU cheer team due to struggling grades.
“I remember getting that phone call and she was yelling, and it made me really nervous just because of the previous story,” said Taylor Cates, Remi’s roommate.
Taylor said Remi eventually got up and was determined to be on the KU cheer team in the spring. However, Taylor said she could sense something was off with her best friend before tryouts in May.
“From February to April, she was doing really well, and the closer she got to the animation auditions, I would say the more anxious and sad she got. She would stay in her room a lot,” Taylor explained.
Taylor said Remi told her she stopped seeing her therapist because of the out-of-pocket cost and that her doctors reduced her medication.
“I tried and tried to get him to go away. ‘I’ll help you. Whatever you need me to do, you have to let me know,'” Taylor said.
“I think for Remi, it wasn’t that she didn’t want help. It was that the help that was available to her was very expensive,” said longtime friend Ryley Elsea.
Amy was under the impression that Remi was getting free help on campus. He later found out that wasn’t the case. In May, Remi was not part of the 2022 KU cheer team.
Amy remembers when she heard the news.
“She said, ‘I’m done with KU.’ I can’t be here. All I know are cheerleaders. I don’t want to be here anymore, mom. I said, ‘OK,’ and so I put her on the next plane and she got here,” Amy said.
After the final and Taylor’s graduation, Remi went to Texas to visit her mother.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘say goodbye one last time before you go,'” Taylor said.
A couple of days later, Remi, the shining light loved by so many, committed suicide.
“I don’t want another parent, another friend, anyone to ever have to feel this pain. The tragedy of walking in and finding the person you love the most in this entire world is gone,” Amy said.
News of Remi’s death spread quickly, affecting her friends, family and strangers.
“I felt guilty that I didn’t know the extent of what was going on or that I didn’t reach out to her after she wasn’t part of the cheerleading squad. I wish I had put aside the shame and embarrassment and went to get her,” Kendyl said.
“The emotion. I didn’t hear anything. I had to leave the house. I spent most of that night outside by the pond. Sadness for her, her family and her friends, sorry. I wish I could have done more,” Lee said.
Turning tragedy into a mental health mission: ‘Love Like Remi’
After Remi’s death, Amy set out on a mission to create change. On the same subject : O-Zone: Can’t you smell it. Using her daughter’s strength, she and several others dedicated their time and talents to ‘Love Like Remi’, a soon-to-be non-profit organization supporting student-athletes and their mental health.
“We wanted to do something in his name. We’re going to help student-athletes with mental health awareness and suicide prevention, whatever we can do to do that. We’re hoping for scholarships in his name,” Amy said.
As part of the nonprofit, Amy is sharing Remi’s story with area schools and colleges.
“I think that’s a great message for parents, students, student-athletes, you know, to ask for help and go get it. It works. I saw him, and then when I wasn’t getting help, that’s when the spiral started,” Amy said.
Some of Remi’s friends have also created “Love Like Remi” payment cards. Whether in line at the grocery store or at the coffee shop, the goal is to positively impact the life of a stranger. Cards often come with a gift card.
Carmen, Remi’s second mother, has shared the letters with people near and far. One of his most memorable encounters was with a man at the airport in our nation’s capital.
“There’s a total unknown in Washington D.C. that now knows Remington and knows its history and hopefully can shine its light in this part of the country,” Carmen said.
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What Happened to Remington Young?
Remington Young (age 20) died at his home in Texas on May 22, 2022.
What happened to KU cheerleader Remington Young? It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Remington Hope Young, who left us far too soon on May 22, 2022. Remington was born on August 3, 2001 in Maize, KS. From the age of three, Remi showed a great interest in gymnastics and animation.