NE Strong UPDATE

NE Strong UPDATE

Husker Harvest Days begins today virtually. For more go to www.huskerharvestdays.com 

A Kearney man set a goal of running 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Paul Gonzalez set out from the Hilltop Mall Wednesday night. His goal was to run to Holdrege and back to be greeted at Yanney Park Thursday evening. But around noon on Thursday his legs gave out after 85 miles. Even walking the last few steps with crutches, Paul’s message of persevering through tough times remains.Paul lost a dear friend of his to suicide in 2018. He also was faced with his own struggles with mental health. He wanted to do this run to raise money for the Central Nebraska Loss Team, Makenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation, and Buffalo County Community Partners Suicide Prevention Coalition. He was joined with a group of supporters to take the last steps of his journey to show nobody is ever alone. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255

The Grace Cancer Foundation is in need of funds to support their cancer patients. So far this year they have assisted 122 cancer patients in the area which has totaled over $70,000. At the annual Race for Grace in the spring they typically raise around $80,000. This year the event had to be postponed to a virtual event in October due to health concerns. They are seeing an increased need for their services which has put a strain on their budget as more of their fundraisers are cancelled or altered. They urge people to still participate in the online run in October. People can donate at any time to make sure they do not have to turn away anyone who needs their help.