Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event Set for Sept 9

VERMILLION, S.D. – A University of South Dakota student organization, Lost and Found, is partnering with Nikki’s Fund for the upcoming Nikki’s Fun Run – a glow run taking place on Sept. 9 to kick off suicide prevention week. The theme of the run is “Keep Glowing for Suicide Prevention.”

This year’s race/walk starts at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Prentis Park in Vermillion, South Dakota. Online registration is open to the public on AllSportCentral.com. To access the event, click on the event calendar and type “Nikki” to find the correct page. Participants can also register at the Student Counseling Center in the Cook House on the USD campus or turn in paper applications to anyone on the Lost and Found executive team. Individual registration cost is $15 up until the Sept. 8, and increases on the day of the run to $20. There is also an option to register as a team of up to five people for $50. Registration will be open until the start of the event.

“Since its inception in 2006, we’ve raised more than $40,000 for USD students,” said Janine Harris, founder of Nikki’s Fund, which was created in memory of her daughter, Nicole Vallie Harris, who died from suicide on June 15, 2005. “Prevention begins with each and every one of us.”

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