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Step by step, area residents hope they can help save lives

It’s what connects them that fuels their desire to try and prevent others from feeling the pain, the memories they feel each day.
Melanie Lindeman, Tammy Diehn and Terri Lynaugh spend time each day thinking about loved ones who took their own lives. They think about the pain their loved ones could no longer deal with, the signs they missed and the memories of the good times. The three women know there is no way to bring their loved ones back.
And so, they focus on helping others so they never have to face the pain and unanswered questions after losing a mother, a father, a brother or sister to suicide. Nobody wants to wonder what signs they missed.
“It crosses my mind probably a hundred times a day,” Lindeman said. “How in the world is this my reality that this is how my mom passed.”
Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lindeman, Diehn and Lynaugh will be among hundreds of people at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson supporting the LIVIN Foundation and the second annual We Walk 4 Life, a benefit to raise money for mental health and suicide prevention.

For the complete story, read the Sept. 12 edition of The Chronicle.