Two OPRF students took 115,000 steps toward battling the stigma of mental illness last Saturday when they walked 50 miles through Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park and raised more than $14,000 on their trek.

Jackson Tanner and Ezekiel Wells, both cross country athletes, chose to support Thrive Counseling Center and NAMI West Suburban with their fundraising. Just as critically, they sent a message to their peers that there is bravery, not shame, in tackling mental illness issues.

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