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Dunkerton 5K raises suicide awareness

by Danielle Wagner

DUNKERTON (KWWL) In 1991, the sophomore class at Dunkerton High School lost a classmate and a friend.

15-year-old Rodger Dos committed suicide.

"It was really just a time where no one knew what to think of it. It was totally unexpected. A great friend of ours. He was an athlete, he was involved in school, he was into everything you thought a normal kid would be into. So to get that call that morning was really shocking. It was really tough to deal with and never knowing where to go for help was tough," said Troy Belmer.

19 years later, Troy Belmer and Ryan Nesbit want to help others impacted by suicide. They organized the Alive and Running 5K Race in Dunkerton.

The goal is to create awareness about suicide and hopefully prevent it. All the money raised from the 5K goes to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"Suicide is one of those things we don't really talk about. You talk about diabetes and cancer, but when you talk about suicide the room gets dark. We want people to know there's a places they can go if they need help, looking for research or to have an outlet," said Belmer.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 for the AFSP. The race is Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 a.m. You can pre-register online at www.aliveandrunning.com. You can also register the day of the race. It begins at Gospel Hall on Carroll Boulevard in Dunkerton.

The web site includes a memory wall dedicated to those who lost their lives to suicide.

Troy Belmer hopes the race is the first of many and people walk away knowing where to get help dealing with suicide.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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