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Making A Difference

SYDNEY GOODALL Jon Jee Staff Published: September 12, 2017 8:00 AM

A John Glenn senior starts revolution by selling bracelets and donating the money to a suicide prevention outlet. Katie Pratt designed the bracelet herself. She got the idea to help herself cope with strength over harm.
I asked Katie what people’s initial reaction to the bracelets were and she said, “Pretty good, I sold 50 within the first day or two, I got lots of positive feedback.”

Katie started selling the bracelets late February of 2017. I personally bought bracelets for myself and for my friends. I knew the money was going to a good place and I wanted to do all I could to help such a worthy cause. Not only did the bracelets help others but they helped Katie as well.

Katie said, “I used them as a way to help others because the money was donated to a suicide prevention place, and it helped me to be happy.”

When I asked Katie about the money she collected, she proceeded to tell me that some people would just give donations because they put faith in her and her cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. In this nation, there are over 3,470 suicide attempts each day by high school students. This is a staggering as well as alarming amount. While suicide is a topic that is often not talked about, it is important to raise awareness which is exactly what Pratt is doing.

These bracelets inspired me, and I hope they can inspire you to do something revolutionary within your school or local community. This story shows that one person can make a difference. If you have an idea that can benefit others, don't be afraid to do it. For more information contact Katie Pratt, or for help with suicidal thoughts please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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