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Walking for mental health awareness in Scranton

The annual event is known as "5-Kate" held in memory of Kate Shoener has become a fundraiser for mental health awareness.

SCRANTON, Pa. — Family and friends of a woman from Scranton who died by suicide in 2016 gathered at Nay Aug Park for a walk in her memory.

The annual event is known as "5-Kate" for Kate Shoener and has become a fundraiser for mental health awareness.

The walk was smaller this year due to Covid, but the organizers say the pandemic has made their mission even more important.

"It warms my heart to see that people are still caring and still supporting us. But it's become more than Katie now, right? This is about everyone that's suffering from mental illness. It truly warms our heart that we were able to use her story to make all of this awareness," said Sarah Shoener, Kate's sister-in-law.

People who were unable to attend the walk-in person in Scranton participated virtually.