Sisters create lemonade stand to raise money for suicide prevention

Posted at 7:08 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 19:18:39-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- September was suicide prevention month and though it's come to a close the fight to save lives continues.

Rebecca Patterson is giving her daughters and other kids in the neighborhood the opportunity to raise awareness about suicide prevention at a young age.

She recently lost a dear friend to suicide and so Patterson and her nanny decided to create a lemonade stand in her honor.

All of the money raised will be donated to the Out of the Darkness Walk, which is happening this weekend.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a yearly fundraiser for the American Foundation for suicide prevention.

It also serves as a time for people to come together and remember those in the community we lost.

Patterson said she is grateful her daughters have joined to support the cause.

"I think that's going to be pretty cool, to honor her," said Patterson's daughter.

"It's going to be quite a few of us that are going to be walking in Pocahontas State Park and this is one of the many trails my friend liked to run, I have just tried to find someway to take the pain and make it into something good," said Patterson.

They've raised close to $200 so far and on Saturday Patterson and her daughters will do their Out of the Darkness Walk along the same route that her friend who died by suicide use to run.

More information about the walk can be found on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.