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Acadiana's Local Hero for April 2017 - Cynthia Elmer
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Hero Name: Cynthia Elmer

About our Acadiana Local Hero!

Why this finalist was deserving of Acadian's Local Hero.  
Cynthia Elmer's dedication and mission of bringing awareness to the community of suicide prevention. Her time, energy and hard work to this mission has produced much lasting fruit and probably saved lives. Cynthia lost her own son, Kevin, to suicide in 2004. With little support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide in the state, Cynthia began to travel a new road in her life as she shared her story and her loss. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 50 years. She is a retired Iberia Parish Family Support employee and a volunteer for CERT! (Community Emergency Reponse Volunteer). She also works with Community Mental Health Services.

How Cynthia's efforts have made a difference in the community for the better.  
Cynthia was instrumental in organizing the 1st AFSP (American Fountation for Suicide Prevention) chapter Out of the Darkness Walk 10 years ago. The walk in 2015 saw 953 participants and raised $50,000. Today there are 8 commom walks and 2 campus walks in Louisiana. Funds are used for scientific research, aid to those affected by suicide, community education and an advocacy program. Cynthia's advocacy roll has led her to Washinton D.C. and Louisana state capital. To quote Mary Jean Coleman, (AFSP senior director, southern division), "The lives touched by this outstanding citizen are overwhelming".

How becoming Acadiana's Local Hero will further Cynthia's cause.  
By being recognized as an Acadiana Hero Cynthia's cause for awareness and prevention of suicide will be heightened and bring light and hope to families who have experienced the same as her. It will also inform families that there is help and support.

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