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Published September 06, 2012, 05:42 PM

"Out of the Darkness" walk helps spread the message of a bullying tragedy

Cooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) -- 2-years after her tragic, senseless suicide, the family of 16-year old "Cassidy Andel" of Cooperstown, hopes their loss will somehow touch another teen or parent facing despair. We all remember that terrible story.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Cooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) -- 2-years after her tragic, senseless suicide, the family of 16-year old "Cassidy Andel" of Cooperstown, hopes their loss will somehow touch another teen or parent facing despair. We all remember that terrible story.

High School teenagers who texted and bullied Cassidy on Facebook, over petty, small-town gossip and lies. It would be the start of her sophomore year. Her last.

The family will have a team of family and friends in the upcoming "Out of the Darkness Walk" in Fargo later this month.

Cassidy Andel would have been all about this year 2012. Her senior year. Homecoming. Prom. Graduation.

"It is hard, a hard part of the school year so far."

But as her parents sit back in Cooperstown and watch her friends mark these milestones, there still hangs that question. How did this happen? Why?

Parents say, "kind of the straw that broke the camel's back."

How did a small group of students bully this active athlete and popular girl to the point she would take her own life.

Amy Andel/Cassidy's mom: "I always want to remind people you never know where a person is in your life, and the smallest thing to you could be huge to them."

It has taken awhile. Healing is forever. But Cassidy's mom Amy now drives to support group meetings here in Fargo. It helps. Still hurts.

Amy: "It has been a life saver for me."

She sang in the church choir, played basketball, Sunday school teacher.

Depression, and bullying would take Cassidy's life. And later lead to a new law, Cassidy's Law, that has schools taking action to stop what no one was willing or able to wrestle away the day when Cassidy made the decision to take her life and change the lives of everyone around her.

Amy: "Even though she has died and we miss her terribly she has done a lot to bring suicide and bullying to the front burner."

That "Out of the Darkness Walk" is set for Sunday, September 23rd, at Fargo's Lindenwood Park. It starts at 2 PM. For more, go to wday dot com, and click on the easy link tab.

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