Source: NorthFulton.com

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Cambridge hosts suicide awareness concert

by Jonathan Copsey

August 18, 2014

MILTON, Ga. On Friday Sept. 19, the Cambridge High School football program, in partnership with the Will-to-Live Foundation, will present the CHS Bear Growl 2014 "Let It Go" concert at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta. The open-air event will include live bands, special guests, an air band contest, food trucks and a fun zone for the kids. Proceeds will benefit the Will-To-Live Foundation and Cambridge football.

"Teen suicide has touched so many lives in our community. We are calling this event 'Let It Go' to encourage our young teens to not stress out but 'let it go,'" said Craig Furr of the Cambridge Touchdown Club.

Suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death for teens.

"Today more than ever, the pressures of academics, sports and social media make it harder for kids than when their parents were young," said John Trautwein from the Will-to-Live Foundation.

Trautwein lost his son Will to suicide and founded the Will-to-Live Foundation to help prevent teen suicides by encouraging teens to talk to each other about it.

"Your kids do not tell you everything," Trautwein said. "They don't and they won't. But these kids can communicate with each other. They do that with each other better than with us."

Proceeds from the CHS Bear Growl 2014 "Let it Go" concert will be used to help support both the Will-to-Live Foundation and the Cambridge Touchdown Club.

The Will-to-Live Foundation supports events, activities and other organizations that help raise awareness and prevention of teen suicide. The Cambridge Touchdown Club raises funds to meet the expenses of team operations beyond those provided by the school.

General admission tickets are available for $25 online at www.chsbeargrowl2014.eventbrite.com and include an event T-shirt. A limited number of VIP tables are available, with VIP pavilion and clubhouse access. More information is available at www.facebook.com/chsbeargrowl2014.

Gates open on Friday Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Chukkar Farm is located at 1140 Liberty Grove Road in Alpharetta.

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