Family on cross-country walk for suicide prevention stops in Springfield

They're raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 7:19 PM
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 7:21 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Utah couple is making their way through Springfield on a cross-country journey, raising awareness about suicide prevention along the way.

Amanda Autrey and her boyfriend Kolton took off from Georgia in May 2017 dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. They're raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The couple even had a baby boy along the way. Amanda said the experience has not only changed their perspective on life, it's also given her a way to help others.

"I struggled with suicide, so I wanted to come out and share my story, be a voice for suicide awareness and just a safe place for people to find some healing if they lost somebody or if they are trying to overcome it like I did," Autrey said.

The young family is staying with a family in Springfield, just one of the many families they've met along the way. They hope to finish their journey in Newport July 23.

You can follow their progress and donate on their website 2918miles.com.

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