The latest quarterly issue is also the publication’s 10th anniversary edition. While Stay Thirsty magazine was sparked by sad family circumstances, the years since have proved to be life-affirming in so many ways for Dusty Sang, president of Stay Thirsty Media Inc.
“The magazine was founded on the philosophy of my son, Ryan Licht Sang (pictured), to “stay thirsty” for all things from the creative mind,” Sang tells FishbowlNY. “He had seen those words written in sidewalk cement near his home in Chicago.”
“Ryan tragically passed away from bipolar disorder at the age of 24 in 2004,” he continues. “Two years later, his close friends came over to visit with my wife and me to talk about Ryan. Growing out of that visit, Ryan’s friends and I decided to found this magazine. I formed Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. and gave shares to Ryan’s friends so they too had a stake in this enterprise. The first issue was published on Sept. 1, 2006.”
“The mission of the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is to foster awareness, understanding and research for early-onset bipolar disorder,” Sang explains. “We’re also on a “Quest for the Test” to find an empirical, bio-marker test for Bipolar Disorder and we work with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program from Johns Hopkins Medicine that is designed for high school students, their parents and their teachers to help spread awareness and education about bipolar disorder, depression, suicide and bullying in order to change the stigma associated with illnesses of the brain.”
Check out the full Fall Issue here.