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More than $120,000 Raised at 10th Annual “Whitney’s Walk”

10th Annual "Whitney's Walk" raises money for suicide prevention.
BRIMFIELD – A sea of green T-shirts flooded Jubilee College State Park Saturday at the 10th annual “Whitney’s Walk” for suicide prevention and depression awareness.

The walk started after a Brimfield teen named Whitney took her own life. Now her mother, Karen Grotts says the walk is still a day to reflect on her daughter’s life, but the event has grown “light-years” since the early days. More than 1,200 people signed up for the 5k, raising more than $120,000 for suicide prevention.

Grotts said the goal is to raise money and awareness, but also to provide community support to others who are suffering through a loss.

“A lot of times after 10 years an event will start to dwindle off, but I think you can see that the need is great, and that's why it has not,” Grotts said.

Pictures of people who had taken their own lives were pinned to the backs of participants who love them.

“Our mother was suffering from depression and she ended up committing suicide so we got 20 people with us,” said David Hull, a picture of his mom on the back of his shirt.

Hull said it was comforting to see that other families were also dealing with suicide, but also telling that too many people are still giving in to depression.
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