JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — On Feb. 8, the Will to Live Foundation will hold its fourth annual “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” 5K. The race will begin and end at River Trail Middle School, at 10795 Rogers Circle in Johns Creek.
The 5K race is the Will to Live Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, but it is also one of many events that the foundation puts on to raise awareness about teen suicide.
“The fact that it’s happening every two hours in America – a teenager is taking his or her life – it’s truly an epidemic,” said John Trautwein, president of the Will to Live Foundation. “We don’t feel that people talk about it enough, so that’s what the foundation strives to do.
“And we do it through the voice of the kids, which is really powerful,” he said.
The race was organized mostly by two Northview High School students, Claire Finn and Hayden Cox, a sophomore and a senior, respectively.
Finn and Cox coordinated about 100 student volunteers to work the race.
The theme of the race, and of the foundation itself, is teamwork.
There will be all sorts of teams forming for the race, from middle and high school sports teams to community groups and even “Team Reagan,” a team made up of friends of Reagan Beene, the Cambridge High School freshman who committed suicide in December.
Trautwein said the goal of the foundation is to “move forward in a positive way, and create a better atmosphere where kids are reaching out to each other for help and guidance in order to increase their will to live, and decrease teen suicide.”
What: The Will to Live Foundation’s “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” 5K
Where: Race begins and ends at River Trail Middle School, 10795 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek
When: 9 a.m. Feb. 8
Cost: $20 in advance or with a team; $25 on the day of the race