Posted By: Camila Orti
Runners and walkers alike took part in Bryan Health's annual 'Run to Overcome' in an effort to combat depression and other mental illnesses.
Nearly 900 participants met at Southwest High School Sunday afternoon.
"You can see from the outstanding turnout, the tremendous amount of support there is from the community for mental health treatment," CEO of Bryan Health Kim Russel said.
This was the event's third year, the generating about $20,000 for Bryan Health's mental health programs.
Darrell Gressley walked with a sticker and a purpose.
"The pain of losing a child is something that I never could've imagined and I could never describe to you," Gressley said.
In January, his 21–year–old son Izak committed suicide.
"Being a long–time sufferer of depression myself, I didn't recognize the depression that he was feeling," Gressley said.
In honor of Izak, Gressley says he walks to raise awareness for depression and its treatment.
New to the run this year were several races for the kids. In an event called the 'diaper dash,' pint-sized athletes crawled about five yards to their parents at the finish line. As in past years, Run to Overcome featured a 5 and 10K.