Volunteers rush in to fill void on Naperville Dairy Queen owner’s teen suicide prevention cause

 Naperville Dairy Queen store owner Karen Moloney wants the issue of teen suicide to stay front and center, despite her cancer inhibiting her ability to do as much as she had in past years. (Kamil Krzaczynski / Chicago Tribune)

Naperville Dairy Queen store owner Karen Moloney wants the issue of teen suicide to stay front and center, despite her cancer inhibiting her ability to do as much as she had in past years. (Kamil Krzaczynski / Chicago Tribune)

Naperville organizes suicide-prevention fundraiser to honor Dairy Queen owner.

Even during cancer treatment, Karen Moloney strives to provide awareness to teen suicide.

After a worker at her Dairy Queen completed suicide in 2011, she was shaken by the tragedy. She responded by “starting an annual golf outing that raised money for suicide prevention groups.”

After her cancer diagnosis, she wasn’t able to provide a golf outing. Instead, with help from Hope for the Day, along with Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling and Naperville’s mayor,  Maloney lead an effort from her Dairy Queen parking lot to raise money for suicide prevention.

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