|Stride to Prevent Suicide 5K|
|Written by Jessica Head | The Bison|
|Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:31|
This month, on April 28th, hundreds of runners in the Searcy and White County surrounding areas will be “striving to prevent suicide” in honor of the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation by participating in the annual 5K located in Spring Park.
The Dr. Robert E. Elliot Foundation has brought help to many suffering with the disease of depression after the loss of Dr. Robert Elliot in 2001 due to suicide, according to robertelliottfdn.com.
“Dr. Elliott was a beloved husband, father and community leader,” said the website. “Our foundation is dedicated to education so that this tragedy never happens to another family.”
According to the website, Dr. Robert Elliott graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Medical Sciences. As a leader for the Breast Cancer Advisory Board of Arkansas Department of Health, he was able to initiate standards and quality assurance programs which now is served as a model for programs nationwide. He was responsible for much of the exciting growth of medical services and facilities in the community, serving as chief of staff at Central Arkansas Hospital and White County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Elliott was a veteran in the U. S. Navy and served as chief of radiology at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.
In honor of him, the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation has provided over fifty books in the “Elliott Section” to the White County Public Library located near Spring Park in Searcy, Ark. on the square to further the awareness and education of depression.
This year on Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m., the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation encourages Harding students and faculty to “Stride to Prevent Suicide” by participating in the 5K run and one-mile fun walk to support in the distribution and communication of depression and suicide prevention. Students and faculty can find ticket and registration information for the cause through their website, www. robertelliottfdn.com.