Every year, the Belmont County Bar Association donates $1,000 to a different charity.
This year, their choice was Jerry’s Walk.
The walk, set for Sunday, April 28 at St. Clairsville Memorial Park, is to raise awareness about suicide.
It’s presented by the family of Jerry Williams, a well-known community leader who died of suicide eight years ago.
The proceeds from the walk, now in its third year, go to provide awareness classes for teachers, counselors and others.
“Depression, suicide and mental health issues are prevalent in our society and a lot of that happens here in Belmont County as well obviously,” noted Belmont County Juvenile / Probate Court Judge Albert Davies. “So we thought this was a good cause this year to bring awareness to the situation.”
“My father dearly loved this city,” said Lucinda Williams, Jerry’s oldest daughter. “He loved the valley, and he did everything he could to help people up until the day he died. He was trying to help people because he always said no matter how bad you feel, somebody else feels worse.”
Williams’ family members say they have learned many surprising facts about suicide since they lost their father eight years ago.
They always believed the largest age group for suicide was teens and young adults.
They have since learned it is people in retirement age and beyond.
The Third Annual Jerry’s Walk will be Sunday, April 28, with registration at 2 p.m. and the walk beginning at 3 p.m.