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Find out the story behind Jacob's sneakers, and why a friend treasures them so much. #BellLetsTalk

Find out the story behind Jacob's sneakers, and why a friend treasures them so much. #BellLetsTalk

Their home in Waterloo, Ont., is a long way from the basketball court at Memorial University in St. John's, but Doug and Sandra Ranton still feel a strong connection with the place where their son Jacob once flourished. A star member of MUN's basketball team, Jacob Ranton was midway through a breakout season in 2014. He was averaging 20 points a game and was a beloved teammate, friend and student at MUN. Standing six-foot-eight, Jacob was a "gentle giant" to his parents and others — compassionate, always quick to jump in to help others in need, known for a goofy sense of humour. Not seen was the mental illness that would end his life in December 2014, just two days before Christmas. Doug and Sandra Ranton have been advocates for suicide prevention, since losing their son Jacob to suicide in 2014. (Paul Smith/CBC) He died by suicide near Waterloo, after he left St. John's f...

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