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Suicide prevention and awareness motorcycle benefit

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600 people lose their lives to suicide every year in South Carolina.

About 90% of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness.

These unfortunate statistics are the reason for a motorcycle benefit today at American Biker.

"For us who have been affected by suicide it's almost like suicide is a monster that lives in the dark and it can live and grow in the dark very well," Martina Mueller, from the Out of the Darkness community walk, said.

Paying per rider, motorcyclists are helping contribute to an even bigger benefit, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Charleston Area Walk, happening October 27th.

People like Keith Ryan helped organize Saturday's event because suicide has impacted six people he knew.

"It kind of touches home so we just need to get more people aware of it and try to get more help for people that need it," Ryan said.

"If you bring it out of the darkness into the light then we're thinking, we're hoping we can actually fight this monster and make it go away," Mueller said.

The group continues accepting donations at an after party right at Sandshack Bar and Grill in North Charleston.

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