On Saturday September 23, 2017, more that 400 are community members participated in the annual One Step at a Time 5K Run-Walk. The event, which began in memory of Scott Hammersmith, who was lost to suicide in 2006, was held again at the Defiance College athletic center. The weather was a perfect fall day, which encouraged strong attendance for the race. Activities included a hula hoop contest for the kids, music, as well as area providers who shared information on local mental health resources and suicide prevention services. The athletic could choose to either run or walk the 5K course, along with a Memory Mile which provided survivors the opportunity to honor the lives of their loved ones lost to suicide. Money raised through the annual 5K is used to support suicide prevention and awareness throughout Defiance County, Ohio.
Laura Vanderhosrt, Bethany Shirkey, Mattea Gilbert, Taylor Hueston,
Erin Elting, Anne Mallet, Rachelle McDonald, Connie Planson, Erin Planson
(Quinn, Planson, Baby), Collen Planson, and Jeannie Wagner