5K raises 9.5K for suicide prevention

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Published December 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

• Elk River High School Yellow Ribbon club unveils donation that comes courtesy of the first ever Thumbs Up High 5K event

by Jim Boyle, Editor

Photos by Judy Dahlheimer Myah Christenson and Annie Christensen, co-leaders of the Elk River High School Yellow Ribbon Club, unveiled a check totaling $9,500 from the proceeds of the Thumbs Up High 5K walk, bike, run and blade event on Oct. 4 in downtown Elk River. The event raised money and awareness for suicide prevention and mental health issues.


Two months after the first ever Thumbs Up High 5K in Elk River, event organizer Katie Shatusky cut a check to the Elk River Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention group for $9,500.

The check was unveiled by Yellow Ribbon co-leaders Myah Christenson and Annie Christensen on Dec. 3 at Elk River High School.

It’s expected that some of the donated money will be used to hire speakers at Elk River High School. It’s possible one of them will be Joe Schmit from KSTP’s Channel 5 News.

He was the keynote speaker at the Oct. 4 5K event held to raise awareness about suicide and mental health issues. Schmit is the author of a book called “Silent Impact: Stories of Influence through Purpose, Persistence and Passion.”

The club is also considering contributing some of the funds that were raised to the new homeless shelter in Elk River, Shatusky said.

 Other items to be purchased would be promotional items for students at the high school that will help raise awareness about depression and suicide awareness throughout the schools in Elk River, Otsego, Zimmerman and Rogers.

Shatusky plans to meet with the group to help out as the group formulates plans to spend the money.