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A Beloved Brother Remembered

Emily Ness
Updated: September 28, 2019 10:38 PM

Standing on the shore of Lake Superior as the waves washed in, Dan Saker remembered his beloved brother, William Robert Saker.

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“Two years ago today, my brother’s body was found down here in the storm sewer and the last two years have been very difficult. Difficult is not the right word. No words can describe the pain,” Saker said.

Though the cause of his brother’s death was unknown, no foul play was suspected. Saker believes that it was mental illness that ultimately took his brother’s life.

“I’m sure everyone knows somebody who has suffered from this. Someone in your family, a friend, a coworker," he said.

Saker’s brother William struggled with bipolar disorder, which Saker too struggles with.

“My brother and I were very much alike," he said.

Saker says he and his brother spent a great deal of time down by the Lake walk sitting on the beach and fishing.

“I can’t explain the pain of losing him. It is unbearable.”

Saker’s pain has motivated him to act.

“I want to make changes. I want to do something about this,” he said.

Saker hopes to begin two programs for those struggling with their mental health: one dedicated to artistic therapy and one dedicated to housing.

“I want to use my experiences, strengths and hopes to help others,” he said.

Saker believes that no one should have to suffer from mental illness and believes that having a purpose and a home could work wonders for those who are.

“It comes down to saving lives. I want to save lives. I know these programs would work,” he said.

Saker got a portrait of his brother tattooed on his forearm to remind him of his brother and of his goals to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental illness. His beloved brother, William Robert Saker is remembered fondly.

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Emily Ness

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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