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Ryan Hesslau, a Mokena resident and Lincoln-Way East alumnus, speaks to participants of the ForeverU 5k on Saturday, Sept. 9. Hesslau founded ForeverU as a Facebook page in 2012 as a means to provide support for teens facing bullying and other challenges in their lives. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media
Debbie Ribbons leads a pack of runners at the start of the ForeverU 5k, held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox.
A group of people set out to walk the 3.1 miles of the ForeverU 5k. This was the fourth ForverU 5K.
Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter
12:57 pm CDT September 12, 2017
Early during his years as a student at Lincoln-Way East High School, Ryan Hesslau fell in with what he referred to as “the wrong crowds” and caved to the peer pressures many youths face during a period of life often filled with uncertainty, anxiety and insecurity.