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Speaker for Aug. 16 suicide awareness walk talks about brother's death

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Because I won't go like you did, because I have treasures here I would miss. Would it be worth it? No. Because we will have infinity.

Tarah Hipple reads a passage from her book called Tarah’s song.

She writes about her relationship with her father, former Lions quarterback Eric Hipple, but also about the death of her brother.

“I lost my brother when I was 7 years-old to suicide. And through it all I had a really hard time, I didn't grieve properly,” Hipple said.

Her brother, Jeffrey, suffered from depression and took his life at a young age.

Hipple said it took the whole family completely by shock.

“Very protective of his sisters and very great brother – that’s why we didn't... I mean we didn't know anything about depression then,” Hipple said. “My dad had experienced it but he didn't know what it was called or anything about it.”

Now Hipple has decided to speak about her experiences with suicide. She wants to help other families learn more about the situation.

“If they did lose their loved ones, just going. Cherish the memories that they have. And to just not give up. And if they themselves are feeling sad and depressed, there's help out there,” Hipple said.

Hipple is speaking at Walk for Hope this Sunday.

She said her painful story hopefully will help someone else heal.

“It’s so sad that someone thinks they can't be helped... But they can,” Hipple said.

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