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Families, Friends Take Strides With First Eastern Shore Walk

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation held a suicide prevention walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk.    

The walk is the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore.

"Everybody is walking for somebody here today that they have lost to suicide," said Kim Klump, president of the Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation.    

Families and friends. 

Groups and supporters. 

Coming out of the darkness together.

"We came out to walk today in memory of my son Darren, who was 12 when he died of suicide," said Kelly Green."I came to this movement late in life," said Ron Pilling, a founding board member of the Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation. 

"I was just amazed about the effect it had on me and now this is how I spend most of my time, most of my life."

The walk hits close to home, only a few days after a Camden, Del. teen reportedly took his own life.  Still, workers are glad the event is getting anyone who is affected to speak out.

"There has been a lot of emotion here, but I think everyone is relieved that they can talk about it can be open about it that it's not that taboo subject that suicide often is," said Jennifer LaMade of the Worcester County Health Department.

"I came here this morning and I was just real choked up," said Green. "I was really it was very emotional to see how many people came out to support suicide prevention."

Over 200 people showed up to the event.  The Klump Foundation raised over $15,000, three times more than they hoped.  Proceeds will go to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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