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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Spring Run raises hope for suicide prevention

  • HAWLEY - The second annual Hawley Spring Run 5K was enjoyed Sunday, June 1 under bright blue skies and with greater participation and funds raised for scholarships. The event is coordinated by Sheila and Chuck Whitman to help raise awareness about suicide prevention.
    The Spring Run is in memory of their son Tyler.
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  • HAWLEY -   The second annual Hawley Spring Run 5K was enjoyed Sunday, June 1 under bright blue skies and with greater participation and funds raised for scholarships. The event is coordinated by Sheila and Chuck Whitman to help raise awareness about suicide prevention.
        The Spring Run is in memory of their son Tyler.
        Enough money was raised by walkers and runners to provide four, $1,000 scholarships yo be given out June 13th at the Wallenpaupack Area High School Awards Ceremony. The criteria for the scholarship recipients include a 250 word essay on suicide awareness and prevention.
       This year they had 153 participants (163 had registered). Last year there were 140 signed up, and funds collected provided for three scholarships.
        The overall winners were as follows: MALE, Steevn Brown, 26 (time 17:50) and FEMALE, Jamie Brown, 27 (time 20:49).
       Hawley Spring run 5K started and ended in Bingham Park.
        Mrs. Whitman expressed thanks for all the sponsors and volunteers, Mayor Kevin Hawk and the group "Lighten Up" which provided music.
          "This year I would like to highlight Post 311 out of Hawley as my sponsor of the tears," she told the gathering after the Run. Both the Sons of the American Legion Squadron ad the Hawley American legion Post 311 were described as very generous in their sponsorship.
       "The suicide rate among active military and veterans has risen dramatically," she said. "I would encourage all of you to get involved in supporting our military." She presented a plaque of appreciation to Post 311.
       She also noted the participation of Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, headed by Kathy Wallace. They brought printed information on the subject for people to have and read.
       "For me today is about Tyler [her son], and all the other people who have taken their own lives," Mrs. Whitman said. "Tyler died at 18 by suicide. He is just one of  so many, too many... we are here to try and to help people seek help for themselves. To keep hope in their lives. To get the information they need." Tyler graduated from Wallenpaupack in 2011.
       The Hawley Spring Run 5K was started by Mrs. Whitman's mother.
        For information about suicide prevention, visit the web site of Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative at www.northeastsuicidepreventioninitiative.org. They are also in Facebook. Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative maintains a toll-free phone number to call if someone is in crisis and in need of immediate help. Call 1-800-273-8255.

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