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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - September is suicide prevention month. Marian McCord is the founder of CHADS Coalition. CHADS stands for: Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide. The organization was founded after Marian and Larry McCord's 18-year-old son, Chad, died by suicide in 2004. Chad underwent treatment and vowed to make a difference in people`s lives by bringing mental illness out of the closet when he got better.

More than 20% of teens that lose a family member to suicide do not pursue their college dreams. Cynthia Gieseke is the founder of survivors scholarship funding.  She says the reason for starting this foundation was due to the suicide of my brother, Mark Holzem, 20 years ago this year.   She has been active in Suicide Awareness Campaigns and have partnered with wonderful local organizations in the past to help others. 100% of the net proceeds are going to inspire, financially assist and empower teens affected by the loss of a family member due to suicide.

The concert to benefit Survivors Scholarship Funding will be held at the Alton Ampitheater on Friday, September 26th.  Doors open at 6:30pm, the concert starts at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at

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