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Alaska Native man walking 225 miles for suicide prevention





An Alaska Native man is walking 225 miles to raise awareness of suicide among his people.

Vernon Stickman Sr. started the Suicide Awareness and Healthy Living Walk five days ago in Tanana. The 55-year-old Athabascan man has so far covered 100 miles.

Stickman's goal is Nulato, 225 miles from Tanana. Along the way, he's stopping at villages to talk to youth and adults about suicide prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Stickman and his wife, Arla, lost their son, Corey, to suicide in September 2010.

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Stickman has covered more than 100 miles to spread the word on suicide prevention (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 3/13)