Be Fearless Walk of Hope is Saturday

CHIPLEY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Three local mothers share a unique and some may say tragic bond.

"The comfort level that that brings that somebody knows how you feel and what you've been through and they've experienced it, it makes a tremendous difference," Jennifer Losee said.

Gina Churchwell, Janine Newman, and Jennifer Losee have all lost children to suicide.

"Nobody else really understands unless they've been through it, so it's really nice to have two people close by who understand," Churchwell said.

After graduating first in her class, Churchwell's daughter Cassi studied at the University of West Florida.

"About six months after she graduated with her bachelor's degree we got the phone call and she had taken her life," Churchwell said.

Newman's son Logan was in the Air Force. He left behind a sister he never met.

"He liked to laugh, he liked to joke and she's just like that," Newman said. "I see so much of him in her."

Losee's daughter Maggie had three daughters of her own.

"She would help people that other people in society had turned their backs on," Losee said. "If they needed a ride, if they needed a place to sleep, if they needed food..."

The women have organized the "Be Fearless Walk of Hope" in Chipley Saturday.

"If they want to bring balloons or whatever makes them want to find a way to help remember their loved ones," Newman said.

They say the purpose behind the walk is to twofold: to remember and reach out to anyone who doesn't know where to turn.

"Taking your life is not the way out," Newman said. "It's not. Nothing is so bad that you should take your life."

The walk starts at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at New Life Fellowship in Chipley and ends at the Chipley Police Department.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.