First Annual 5K For Suicide Prevention Was A Success

(Gillette, Wyo.) A little rain wasn't going to stop anyone. There were 275 people registered and waiting to walk and run at Paintbrush Elementary on Saturday morning. Even with the rain, soccer tournaments, prom, the Coal Country Trash-A-Thon, and it being Mother's Day weekend, people in Gillette showed up to support suicide prevention and awareness. Despite so much going on this weekend around town, founder Trish Simonson was very specific about the date. "Sunday is significant to me because it is one year that Kaden has been gone from us," Trish told County 17. "I wanted to have it as close to the day as possible, to make it significant that this is a walk for life." [image: 20160507_081805.jpg] A total of $10,447 was raised for the Semicolon Scholarship Fund. Twenty local students will receive a $250 scholarship this year, to help them with their college careers. There were 63 applicants to the scholarship, all whom shared their stories about suicide. There's even $5000 raised to put towards next year's recipients. And the Simonson family definitely plans on there being a next year. "I am hoping next year we can have it at Sage Valley," Trish said. "It's a much bigger area." County 17 was there to cheer on this year's group. We livestreamed the event to our Facebook page. Here's the start of the race: (embed youtube) #county17 #news