Strides for Adam event spotlights suicide prevention

Adam Holten’s family is hoping that a run/walk and nonprofit organization they have established will enhance the lives of local young people while raising awareness of the importance of suicide prevention efforts.

Strides for Adam, a 5K run/walk and 1-mile remembrance walk, will take place at 9 a.m. March 22 at Young Patriots Park, 14133 Civic Center Drive, Riverview. Start and finish is at the park.

Adam lost his battle with depression Dec. 26, 2018, at the age of 16.

“We are not sure for how long he struggled with it,” said Mark Holten of Riverview, Adam’s father. “We do know that he came to us in January of 2018 to let us know that he was struggling.

“We immediately got him into therapy, and he was diagnosed as having anxiety and depression. But even with therapy and later medication, he still struggled more than we knew.”

Mark Holten described his son as “a special kid who didn’t have a mean bone in his body and a talent for lifting people up when they needed it.”

Adam also liked running, bowling, and being involved as a youth leader in Boy Scouts and playing Pathfinder with friends. He ran cross country and track, and Mark Holten said Adam seemed to benefit just as much mentally as physically from the activity of running.

“Running was more of a therapy for him than I even knew, and I was his coach,” Mark Holten said. “His presence is deeply missed, but we are comforted that Adam made a difference in people’s lives around him.

“We are working to make sure that his memory and his legacy of giving to others lives on.”

The entry fee for the run/walk or virtual run is $30. Registration can be made at runsignup.com/Race/MI/Riverview/StridesforAdam.

For more information about the race or to make a donation, go to www.stridesforadam.com. T-shirts are guaranteed with registrations made before March 13. Top qualifiers will receive prizes; custom finisher’s medals will be given to all participants.

Proceeds go to Strides for Adam, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been set up to fund scholarships and to support local athletes and service projects.

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