Suicide Prevention Fundraiser Held in Freeport

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Every year almost a million people take their own lives according to anti-suicide groups. 23 News Reporter Mike Beier tells us what one Stateline mother is doing to help prevent suicide after losing a family member.

Back in February 2011, Elaine Larsen and her family endured a horror like no other, they lost their only child Cody to suicide.

Now Elaine, her husband Andy and "Team Son" are getting the word out to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

On Saturday they hosted a Tattoo-a-Thon called Tats-4-Life at Zealous Art Studio and Tattoo in Freeport. Josh Elliott, Owner, and other artists donated their time, supplies and proceeds for suicide prevention. This was just one of many events that "Team Son" does throughout the year and helps Elaine cope after losing her son Cody.

"It gives me a sense of accomplishment, but not so much that as like maybe the possibility of helping someone else," Larsen said.

This is the second year Zealous Art and Tattoo Studio along with "Team Son" have partnered up to host Tats-4-Life and on Saturday alone they will be conducting more than eighty tattoos.

Last year "Team Son" raised more than $10,000, but they say spreading awareness is just as important to them.

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