>> Monday, September 23, 2013
A few weeks ago, I posted "A Call for Help" about the community fund raiser I'm participating in on October 19.
Now it's time for an update.
The event is the Branch County Out of the Darkness Community Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is being organized by my step-children who lost their father a year ago. By raising funds to fight the battle against suicide, their hope is to help others avoid the loss and pain they have suffered. In addition, miracles are taking place.
I've seen healing. I've seen hope. I've seen determination like never before.They've sold bracelets, acquired sponsors, made videos, and beat on doors for donations.
I couldn't be prouder of them.
As of today, they've received over $5700 in pledges and 138 people have signed up to walk. Donations have poured in, food provided, and free advertisement extended. There will be music, event booths, and remembrances of loved ones. Goodie bags, hugs, and tears.
This thing has taken off and has a life of its own. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about it. Here's a link to the event page at AFSP.
It's a sad subject and it will be a hard day, I have no doubt. But it is also a celebration of accomplishment, hard work, and a way to help.
Take a minute and watch these videos. The first part is all the reasons why a person should not consider suicide an option and the second is about why we're walking.
We'll never know what impact the walk will have, but if even one person reconsiders taking their life because of this event, all the efforts will be worth it.
Thanks to all those that have sponsored me and if you'd like to help out with a donation, it would be greatly appreciated.