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‘Say Yes to Mental Success’

  The Allen and Adderly families of West Palm Beach have suffered the
unthinkable, twice, but they’ve risen above the ashes–literally. Yes,
their  home has been in ruins since July 5 when a loved one, Trevonte Tavaris Adderly, 26, who suffers from mental illness, tried to kill his grandmother, Delores Allen, then set her house on fire. With her inside. She lived, but remains in critical condition.

Meanwhile, her husband, Emanuel Allen, needs a place to live until their home is rebuilt.

This is the second unimaginable tragedy this family has suffered. In 1997, when the three Adderly boys were just toddlers–Delores and Emanuel’s grandsons, including Trevonte–they witnessed their father murder their mother. The middle boy, Travon ‘Marq’ Adderly, tried to stop it by jumping on his father’s back, but his mother died in a pool of blood right in front of them.

The youngest of those three boys is Trevonte. It appears he never got over that trauma in 1997 and has suffered mental illness ever since–and, on July 5, committed his own trauma.
     Meanwhile, his brother, Travon, the one who jumped on his dad’s back, continues to show zeal.

He is, indeed, a warrior.

This decorated Navy officer is kicking off his ‘Say Yes to Mental
Success’ campaign in November to fight mental illness.  He is also the founder and CEO of Marq Adderly Watches–visit its website here–which creates and sells product as one of a few black-owned watch makers worldwide. He also recently awarded his first college scholarship in a new program for PBC students.

Travon talks campaign launch.

     He and his family need our prayers, love, support–and financial help, for medical expenses and lodging. To help, click here to donate to their GoFund Me account or visit any TD Bank branch to donate to the Delores and Emanuel Allen Fund.

They have gotten some support. After word got out about Trevone’s crime, Willie Snead, a native of the Glades area who plays with the Baltimore Ravens, donated $1,000. Then, the very next day, team owner Stephen Bisciotti gave $5,000.  Travon was thrilled that men of their stature noticed his family’s double tragedy, but he says he is as just as thankful for $5 gifts.

Images on the family’s GoFundMe page. Visit it here.

This family has impacted me greatly. I’ve learned lessons–about grace, mercy and the ultimate forgiveness, which we’ll explore next
time.  Stay tuned.

Daphne Taylor is a longtime, multi-media reporter who has worked for decades telling stories about world leaders, yes, but also about real people, especially those living in communities of color. She currently writes for a host of publications, including the South Florida Times and the statewide Florida Courier. She told the story of the Adderlys as part of that work; read her published piece here. Read her full bio here and, to contact her directly, send an email to