Franklin James Cook

2,000 Walkers Light the Way at Out of the Darkness Overnight

In Advocacy, Grief, Prevention on June 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

By Franklin Cook, SPNAC Editor

As in years past, the 2009 AFSP Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk ended with the final few hundred yards of the walkers’ path being marked by rows of small lights in hand-decorated receptacles. Each of the 2,000 lights represents a loved one who has died by suicide or someone who survived an attempt or someone who struggles with the kind of pain that might cause suicide. SPNAC readers may view the video“‘Out of the Darkness’ Path Illuminated with Thousands of Lights”, which shows the lighted path from this morning’s walk (Sunday, June 28 in Chicago).

At the conclusion of the Walk, Bob Gebbia, AFSP Executive Director, announced that Overnight walkers in 2009 had thus far raised $1.2 million for suicide prevention research, training, and education.

[The abridged URL for this post is http://tinyurl.com/2000Lights .]

Additional videos about a few of my own reflections on the Overnight Walk are available at http://tinyurl.com/MakingMeaning-OOD2009 .

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