Couple to serve as grand marshals of Indy Pride Parade in memory of their son

Hudson Scott (Photo provided)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - To know 14-year-old Hudson Scott was to love him.

“He had a big vibrant personality when he walked in a room, he literally lit up a room,” said Hudson’s dad, Wes Scott.

“His laugh was contagious,” Wes added.

Behind the laughter, though, the Brownsburg High School football player fought the private pain of depression and mental illness while struggling to find his place in the world after coming out to his family.

Hudson took his own life January 26, 2016.

“Right after was, I honestly don’t know, it’s a really big blur to be quite frank,” said Hudson’s stepmom Jenna.

“You truly feel like you’ve lost a piece of yourself and your life has fallen apart. Your day-to-day life has completely changed,” Wes said.

Hudson’s family has tried to turn their pain into purpose with Project Hudson, a non-profit that brings awareness, support and education on issues of mental health, bullying, self-harm and suicide prevention.

“It happened to us. It can happen to anybody,“ said Jenna.

“And if that means if we have to talk about the hard stuff and we have to share Hudson’s story, if it saves one life, it’ll be worth it,” she added.

The Scotts also honored Hudson two years ago by walking in the Indy Pride Parade.

“Hudson had shared with us after coming out earlier in the year prior that he wanted to walk in the Pride Parade the following year so we felt that was our way to carry his torch,” Wes said.

The Scotts are doing more than just walking in the parade this year. They’re helping lead it as grand marshals, along with four others who have been chosen. The Scotts will join Finley C. Norris, Margaret Irish, Mark A. Lee and Terrell Parker on June 9th.

“We chose local unsung heroes that do work behind the scenes. They may not always be in the spotlight but their work is tremendously important so we wanted to honor them,” said Chris Handberg, Indy Pride's executive director.

And that’s just how the Scotts feel to help lead the Pride Parade. They are honored to do it, in memory of their son.

“It’s something he would be proud of,” said Wes.

The Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. June 9 on Massachusetts Avenue and ends at Military Park.

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