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Mother walks to honor the memory of her daughter


Last updated 9/23/2020 at 12:29pm

Photo courtesy of Dawn Kirvanek

Dawn Kirvanek is team captain of Team Nina, a group participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Sept. 12.

For Dawn Krivanek, this month marks the fifth anniversary of the loss of her middle daughter, Nina, to suicide.

Nina was only 15 years old and was just eight days into her sophomore year at Kamiak. (

Since losing Nina, Krivanek joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to fundraise and share her story.

"I feel strongly that we can save lives by having real conversations about mental health and destigmatizing mental health," Krivanek said.

AFSP supports research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. Its goal is to reduce th...

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