Grieving Lawrence County parents reach goal to fund school counselor

Scott Norwood holds a photo of his late daughter, Marlee Sutton (Source: Jeronimo Nisa / Decatur Daily)

October 25, 2019 at 9:06 AM CDT – Updated October 25 at 9:06 AM

Lawrence County, Ala. (WAFF) – A Lawrence County family is hoping that its tragedy will save lives and spare others the pain theyve been going through.

13 year old Marlee Sutton took her own life in March of 2018. Since then, her parents have become crusaders, spreading a message of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Wendy and Scott Norwood set up the Marlee Sutton Foundation. The goal: to help the cash-strapped Lawrence County school system afford a mental health counselor.

This week, the work reached a milestone when that counselor began their first week on the job.

The family spoke with our news partners at theDecatur Daily. We didnt start this because we thought it would have saved Marlee. We did it because it was the right thing to do. We saw a need and we could either look away or not, Wendy Norwood said. God placed this on our hearts. We prayed to God and told him whatever he wanted to do through us, we would do.

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