What has become an annual tradition over the past 15 plus years, to raise awareness of suicide prevention- but also one of the largest community gatherings in the county- continued in Grass Valley Thanksgiving morning at Nevada Joint Union High School- but on a much smaller scale. The Michael Bratton II Turkey Trot traditionally attracts several thousand people to the high school track to participate in a 5 or 10K Run Walk in memory of Michael who, while struggling with depression, took his own life. The family has held the Thanksgiving event each year, but COVID has gotten in the way the last two years. Last year it was completely virtual, but this year a small group came together throughout the morning.
Mike spoke to the group that had gathered in the upper parking lot at the traditional start time of 8:30. He also says the event has become part of the community and serves multiple purposes- including a message of hope.
Former NU High school Teacher David Serona was there showing his support
Tricia Johnson is the executive Director at Anew Day which was founded by the Bratton’s to support those suffering with depression. She says it was great to see the tradition continue.
Mike says the family has talked about how the Turkey Trot will continue to evolve, but he did make a promise about next year.