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Youth motivational speaker coming to Cresco following family's tragedy

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Mike and Becky Bina lost their son, Kyler, to suicide on April 17, 2017. He was just 16 years old.  They are working through the pain of their indescribable loss by raising suicide awareness in their Cresco community. 

The couple started a fundraiser selling 'Kyler's Cause' t-shirts, with their ultimate goal being to raise money to bring youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, to the community for the high school students, and to also give to the NE Iowa Step Up Reach Out Suicide Awareness Walk. It proved more than a success, as they sold almost 400 shirts and have now raised over $6000.

"We donated $1000 ourselves, and were matched by my husband's work, Windstream and the high school," said Becky Bina.

According to his obituary, Kyler "had a very caring and big heart, a personality that could bring a smile to your face and loved making people laugh. He loved giving to others, loved giving presents and would give whatever he had."

His mom, Becky, told us more.

"Most of all, I miss his beautiful smile. He could light up a room with it. And, of course, I miss my yard work buddy. We would have a great time together doing it."

Due to their efforts and with the support of the community, Jeff Yalden will now spend October 13 and 14 in Cresco. 

"Suicide, depression and anxiety need to be acknowledged. If you don't talk with kids about it, who is?  Most young adults have already contemplated it. Jeff is coming to teach people it's ok to ask for help and to take the time to think," said Becky.

Yalden will speak on October 13 at Crestwood High School, and then later to the public.  He also plans to attend the high school football game. Yalden will then speak at the Walk the next morning and will join the Bina family in walking for Kyler.  The Walk will be held on Saturday, October 14 along the Trout Run Trail in Decorah.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.  A free will donation is encouraged.  All proceeds will go toward suicide prevention and awareness programs at Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health.

"Communities with a suicide tend to breed more of them. I want it to be stopped. If we can teach one student to ask for help with this speaker, then Kyler's legacy can live on as well," said Becky.

Learn more about Jeff Yalden here.  And learn more about the Walk here.

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