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Paragraph 6 reads: "He said he's also learned about warning signs; his wife's father, for instance, who was on antidepressants, tried to check himself into a Hastings-area hospital the day he killed himself, but Hank said he was not admitted."


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Poker tournament to raise money for suicide awareness

Thursday, October 05, 2006
By Stephanie Esters
se@kalamazoogazette.com 388-8554

A Kalamazoo couple touched by suicide are planning a poker tournament Saturday to raise money for the ``Out of the Darkness Overnight'' suicide-awareness walk in New York City in June.

Hank and Sarah Avink are hosting the poker tournament at the Masonic Lodge, 4371 W. U Ave., in Schoolcraft. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with play starting at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee is $50.

This is the Avinks' second tournament. The couple raised $1,000 from the first poker tournament, in March, for the ``Out of the Darkness Overnight'' suicide-awareness walk in San Francisco in June, Sarah Avink said. 

Hank Avink said his wife has helped him ``see it as a disease.''

``My wife's father committed suicide when she was 6, so it's obviously close to our heart. And I actually grew up in the funeral home, seeing a lot of it myself,'' Hank Avink said. ``Almost everyone we know has been affected by it, but nobody talks about it.''

He said he's also learned about warning signs; his wife's father, for instance, who was on antidepressants, tried to check himself into a Hastings-area hospital the day he killed himself, but Hank said he was not admitted.

For information about the poker tournament, call 217-3016.

For information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's ``Out of the Darkness Overnight'' walk, visit www.theovernight.org or www.afsp.org.