Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Three Chippewa Valley high school students organized a two and half mile run to bring awareness to suicide in the community.
Aiden Detienne is a senior at the high school and also a founder of Run for Hope, and said this is the second year they’ve had the run.
Detienne said all of the proceeds they get Saturday will go to Prevent Suicide Chippewa Valley, which is an organization that helps homeless vets.
Before the race started participants all grabbed a balloon to release outside. Organizers said the balloons represent the different community members you can lean on for help with depression and suicide.
Those community members include family, friends and mentors.
“A lot of people really want to keep it with a hush tone and they want to kind of keep it in the dark and not talk about it, because again it is very sensitive to lot of people,” Detienne said. “We’re kind of using this to just bring it out into the light and to just bring our community together and try to help lower the rate and just provide hope.”
Organizers estimate 200 people participated in the Run for Hope.
Detienne said because he’s graduating this year, he’s not sure who will continue organizing Run for Hope, but is optimistic someone will take over and continue making a difference the Chippewa Valley.