‘A Walk to Remember’Friday, December 11, 2009 By Brandon Clements
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of deaths in the U.S. and the death of more than one million people worldwide every year. Tessa Egan, with several other students from Eagle Rock Junior High, organized a candlelight suicide awareness walk around the Greenbelt, Oct. 30. The group sold candles for a dollar a piece as people walked the green belt with and supported an important event. According to Egan, due to the economic downfall and stress of every day peer pressures, many teens are lost and have no escape. Programs and fundraisers like these hope to increase awareness so that death rates will slowly decrease. The students’ goals were to raise money and awareness to programs that help people in tough situations and preventions of these disasters. According to Egan, the turnout was heart warming and outstanding and many people donated more than a dollar for the candles.