Savannah charity event honors lives lost, celebrates students

Savannah charity event honors lives lost, celebrates students
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah Charity is honoring lives lost while helping fund future education for children left behind.

A Walk to Remember gives scholarships to children who have lost one or both parents, but continue to succeed in school and in the community. Families held signs and walked on Saturday to honor of those who died.

New York Life is also working with local schools to raise awareness for students dealing with this kind of grief.

"People don't know how to talk about it, so consequently, we kind of push it aside a lot," said Rudy Pope, a managing partner with New York Life Savannah's general office. "This is just bringing more of those resources to the surface [for] people in the school system, whether it be counselors or principals or even teachers."

Georgia Southern standout and coach Adrain Peterson, who lost his son to brain cancer, is also backing the charity and attended and spoke at Saturday's event. A panel will choose scholarship winners and announce them on May 7th.

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