Local woman takes strides with walk event, Suicide Support Group
By Heather McDonald
It was a call Tricia Mayek thought someday might come. It was one she never wanted to take.
The day after Easter, following a family get together the day before, Mayek’s husband picked up the phone, like any other day. But this was not just any other call. Mayek’s father, Gary Lepinski, was dead.
By suicide. He was 57.
“We celebrated Easter, and it was a nice family gathering, so what did he wake up Monday morning thinking about?” said Mayek, a Stevens Point resident. “You never know what people are struggling with.”
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The 12th annual Walk for Hope will take place with a 9 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. start Saturday, Sept. 16, at Zenoff Park, 1001 Second St. North, Stevens Point.
The 5K event will support suicide prevention programs and mental health awareness. About 250 people participated in 2016.
Last year in Portage County, there were 10 deaths by suicide. In the past eight years, there have been 81 deaths by suicide in Portage County.
Organized by Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County, registration is available at www.suicidepreventionportagecounty.org.
Registration tickets are $20 each for those 14 and older, plus a fee.