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History

September 2010

1st Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI was planned by Barb Bigalke around the kitchen table with a couple of friends and had a turn out of over 800 participants the day of the walk. The walk featured guest speaker John Riley, a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers in NYC and a Survivor of Suicide after the death of his daughter Amanda.

April 2011

1st Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Oshkosh, WI. Former Green Bay Packer and suicide survivor, Chester Marcol spoke at the event. Barb Bigalke helped to start Oshkosh's first walk for suicide awareness (later named the Chester Marcol 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Awareness) and The Center for Suicide Awareness is now committed to helping any community start any event for suicide prevention and awareness.

August 2011

The Center for Suicide Awareness is created and 501(c)(3) status approved.

September 2011

2nd Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. The walk had over 900 participants.

Summer 2012

The Center for Suicide Awareness moves to its current location and doors opened to the public.

September 2012

3rd Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. The walk had over 1,400 participants.

September 2013

4th Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. The walk had over 2,000 participants. Filming of the documentary, If You Only Knew What You Left Behind, took place during our 4th annual walk and is now available online. The documentary was apart of a grant from the Kubly Foundation in Milwaukee and was produced by Watts Communication, Inc.

October 2013

1st Annual Motorcycle Ride to End Suicide in Menasha, WI.

May 2014

DarJune Recovery Cafe joins The Center for Suicide Awareness.

June 2014

"If You Only Knew What You Left Behind," wins the 35th Annual Telly Award for best documentary in the social issues/causes category.

August 2014

HOPELINE software purchased thanks to generous donations from participants of the Mid-Day Women's Golf Outing fundraising event.

September 2014

5th Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. Channel 2 News Anchor Bill Jartz MC'd the event. The walk had over 3,200 participants.

2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride to End Suicide in Kaukauna, WI.

October 2014

HOPELINE becomes active and is the first text-based emotional support line for the state of Wisconsin.

September 2015

6th Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. Guest Speaker Kevin Hines who survived an attempted suicide jump from the Golden Gate Bridge and is an advocate for mental health.

3rd Annual Motorcycle Ride to End Suicide in Kaukauna, WI.

The Center for Suicide Awareness is currently assisting the community of Platteville, WI establish a walk for suicide awareness. Barb helped to train volunteers to facilitate survivor of suicide support groups.

December 2015

1st Annual Lip Sync for Lives Fundraiser.

September 2016

7th Annual 5K Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI. Guest Speaker Brittany Cooley talked about her life struggle with depression, attempted suicide, and rise to become a successful motivational coach and speaker.

4rd Annual Motorcycle Ride to End Suicide in Kaukauna, WI.

January 2017

2nd Annual Lip Sync for Lives Fundraiser.

New Spanish HOPELINE becomes active expanding our ability to help even more people with this great service.

The Center for Suicide Awareness is committed to helping any community start any event for suicide prevention and awareness.
Contact Barb for more information and to get started today!