'Night to Remember' event shares message of hope, suicide awareness

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Rainy Cook's story begins with hope.

"We were told from the very beginning that she would not live past five," said her mother, Jewels Kimble-Cook.

Rainy was born with a rare brain condition. Now 29 brain surgeries later - she's sharing her love for life.

"A night to remember is our way of bringing the community together. To help shed light on suicide awareness," Kimble-Cook said.

The event hopes to heal through music - and human connection.

"We forgot how to be human with each other, we forgot that people out there need people to love them, to care about them, and remind them that they're real and they're here and they matter," said Kimble-Cook.

Between songs played by a live band - people were invited on stage to share their stories.

"It's been incredible ... A lot of emotion," Kimble-Cook said.

"Never ever give up. Don't make suicide your solution to a very temporary moment in life. Everything is gonna be better."