Annual walk Saturday to honor loved ones lost from suicide

Wildflower Walk

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

In memory of loved ones lost to suicide, the annual Wildflower Walk to prevent suicide will be held this Sat. from 9 a.m. until noon at Woodstock Town Hall.

Cheryl Dodson founded the walk in 2017 after losing a close friend to suicide, John McLemore, who was known from the podcast S-Town.

Following his death, Dodson received hundreds of letters honoring McLemore’s life from people around the world.

She became involved in the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition to help educate the public about suicide prevention and helping those impacted.

“When you lose someone to suicide, you don’t talk about it,” Dodson said. “And then you bear that loss so privately and this gives that public recognition that that person. We mourn them as a community and we don’t want anyone to experience that loss, so mental health awareness is very important and we think that this memorial garden is going to signify that.”

Dodson says they will also be dedicating a memorial garden revolving around an eternal flame fountain.

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