In less than three months, I’ll walk 17 miles overnight for suicide prevention but I’ve been raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for about 12 years now. I’d like to share with you why I started and why it matters. 12 years ago, a friend called me and shared that she was having problems with depression. I had a degree in counseling but felt helpless. I had no idea what to do to help. Later that week, while riding on the metro in DC, I saw a sign for an upcoming AFSP walk, the first Out of the Darkness walk. I would have to raise $1000. I would have to walk 26 miles. And finally, I had something I could do. I asked my friend to stay with me through my journey. I am thankful every day that she is still around.
A few years later, I signed up for the next walk, this time in Chicago. I still walked for that friend, but had also learned about others — the twenty people I trained with for the first walk, one of whom lost her battle with depression, friends who had never before talked about their depression, friends who sought and didn’t seek help, and a former professor who had taken his own life. On the walk, I heard more stories — brothers, sisters, friends, children, who both survived and lost their battles with depression.
At the end of June, I’ll walk again, this time in Philadelphia. We’ll begin and end on the art museum steps and celebrate life. Please join me in supporting this cause by donating online at http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=8777 No gift is too small or too large. Thanks in advance for your generous support.