Atoka family launches suicide prevention event
ATOKA, Okla. (KTEN) — Saturday marked Suicide Prevention Day across the country as millions walked to raise awareness about the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
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An Atoka family decided to host their own Suicide Prevention Walk for the region after losing their son. The walk took place at the Atoka Sports Complex, and the family attracted more volunteers than expected.
"If we can stop one life from taking them away from the world, then we have done what we needed to do," said event organizer Coralynne Michaelis.
The Michaelis family was emotional, but happy to see people come out for the first of what they hope will be an annual event.
"I know we cannot stop it," Michaelis said. "We can decline it though, and so that is why we want this walk to get the awareness out, and I have been blessed with how many people that have shown up.