It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 years since our first Walk for Life. It was a little chilly, but supporters gathered to promote awareness and show support for those affected by suicide. Along with a 5K run, the event is held annually on the first Saturday of May starting at the Cultural Center parking lot and ending at the riverfront park with a hotdog roast. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Saturday May 7th is the date for our 6th annual Walk for Life. This is a community wellness walk and a 5K fun run. Starting at 11 am at the Cultural Center, continuing thru City Sub and returning to Lions Club Park, the event will repeat the route taken the last several years. The run route will be identical or similar to last year. I encourage everyone to come out to walk or run and support our prevention and awareness efforts. Water bottles for participants and hopefully a get together at the Park afterward.

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Many thanks to my daughter Haley, her wonderful Mother and Mr Avery Hoffman for setting up the PLACE OF MEMORY while I was in Anchorage dealing with medical issues. They did a great job and saved me so much worry and stress.
As in the past years the room was filled with spiritual energy and a strong aura of healing. Many people came in and sat, talked, shared, and reflected. It seems that each passing year more people want to talk and not just look. Hopefully this continues and the subject of suicide can remain a topic for discussion. The Place Of Memory is after all about remembering our loved ones lives and not their deaths.
Thanks to everyone that visited and especially to those who shared. Thanks to Linda Curda and the Cama-i organizers for giving me the opportunity to create this place of remembrance and healing.

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Time to catch up on happenings within Drews Foundation. Have been dealing with some health issues and find myself a little behind.
Cama-i dance festival starts this coming Friday and runs thru Sunday. Once again “A Place of Memory” will be open and honoring and remembering those lost to suicide. Please stop by if you are at the festival. The room is always a place of positive spiritual energy and healing.
On April 12 and 13th The Winter Bear Project will be returning to Bethel with their powerful suicide prevention play based on the life of Athabascan Elder Sydney Huntington. The group will perform two days at the Bethel Regional High School. Performances will follow in Aniak on the 15th, Kalskag on the 17th, Nikolai on the 19th, and McGrath on the 21st. If you live in or close to any of these communities please gather your family and go see the play. It is very powerful and healing. A very positive message.
Our annual spring walk is in the planning stages and hopefully we will have information out next week. Stay tuned.

SEE YOU AT CAMA-I !!!!

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Met some nice young people from Wasilla High School. (Camryn and Lance) They were in Bethel with Deb Casello promoting the You Are Not Alone program. This program teaches kids to mentor other kids on the signs of suicide and how to help if you recognize someone exhibiting any of those signs. Very cool program because kids are talking to other kids. We traded some wristbands and I watched their presentation to the Bethel High School student

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Drew’s Foundation was happy to facilitate the travel of 7 young women from Bethel to an All Girls Wrestling Tournament held in Sitka, Alaska this past weekend, Dec. 5-6. The young women competed in a round robin tourney on Friday and a bracketed championship tourney on Saturday. All the girls got at least 6 matches and some had 10. Competing were Amber Wade, Cassandra David, Kelly and Haley O’Brien, Elisha Naneng, Andrea Wuya, and Allison Pleasent.
Wrestling teaches confidence, motivation, strength and teamwork. Our hope is that these young ladies, thru their own empowerment, can become role models and mentors for other young women. Women CAN do whatever they want and be successful at it, even something like wrestling.
Our special thanks goes out to the O’Brien family for their donation of air miles, to Kuskokwim Learning Academy administration for juggling tickets, and to all the girls that competed. Their performance and behavior were awesome.

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