Hope for the B.E.S.T. Walk Supports Mental Health

The First Annual “The Hope for B.E.S.T. K9 Walk” was quite successful in raising money for mental health awareness programs in schools!

On October 16th, Lori Best Yeager hosted the first Annual “The Hope for B.E.S.T. K9 Walk” at the Veterans Memorial Parkway in Avon. Over 130 people participated in the event along with their canines, and many Avon businesses showed their support through donations and/or attending the event.

“There are too many to name, but I was overwhelmed by the businesses in Avon that were so eager to donate and support this event,” said Lori. “I would like to give a shout out to Mike Cooper of Cooper-Kurtz Disposal, he was my Number 1 sponsor and extremely giving- said he will continue to be my Number 1 sponsor every year!” Followed by Westland HVAC, The Rounds Team of Howard Hanna, and Silver Thread Print Marketing Resources.”

Lori started The Hope for B.E.S.T. (Be the End to Silent Thoughts) a few years ago after losing her triplet brother, Dan Best, death by suicide. Lori never wanted to focus on just suicide because she strongly believed that suicide was a mental state that took her brother. The purpose and mission of The Hope for B.E.S.T. is to bring more mental health awareness programs to schools. “Too many people are struggling, and mental health knows no bias; it doesn’t matter your race, gender, age, religion, social status- no one is immune… So, let’s talk about it, educate ourselves and start healing”, said Lori.

The Hope for B.E.S.T. raised $5,000 from the event. All proceeds will be going to Avon Local Schools. Mayor Bryan Jensen, Avon Superintendent Ben Hodge and Student Services Program Coordinator, Anne Fox were so helpful and excited for the event. Everyone agreed it will now become an annual event every October!

For more information, please visit www.thehopeforbest.com

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