The 2014 Out of Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk (#OODCCW) Event couldn't have been more different than any other walk I'd been a part of (i.e. diseases) in a great way. The OODCCW is not just a walk, it is an event with speakers and a variety of tents and a memory wall and places to connect with others. The group atmosphere is one of feeling Loved and Worthy and Cared for no matter how mental illness/suicide has affected the life of the person who is attending.
Check out our Out of the Darkness Event pages Kelly HERE & George HERE where you can donate to support the AFSP. (We'd love it if you'd support us in this cause we are passionate about.Even $10 makes a difference. However, if you cannot, please consider doing something of your choosing to support those with mental health conditions.)
|The colored beads represent how suicide has affected you. The Chicagoland Out of Darkness Walk shares love and care.|
No one walks alone. September 2014 #OOTDCCW
One cannot help but feel the support of the community while at the walk event. So much loss has brought so many together. At least a few hundred people walked in Chicagoland alone last year so that not one more person would die by suicide. We raised money for prevention for the AFSP that goes toward suicide prevention research, outreach & educational programs and more. Check out NowMattersNow.org created by AFSP that has "research-based ways to handle the most painful moments of life.".
|2014 Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk Teams listening to speakers in the event tent.|
|Just a few of the thousands that walked 3.1 miles along Lake Michigan in September 20, 2014.|
|2014 Out of the Darkness Walk Chicago|
|September 20, 2014 Out of the Darkness Walk Chicagoland|
|George pushing me in the wheelchair|
2014 Out of the Darkness Walk Chicago
I've tried to get this blog out for a while now but was too ill and so I wrote it very slowly. I'm just happened to finish three years ago to the days George was in a coma on life support in ICU ect. Each year I use these days to celebrate George's life and I am so thankful he is here to participate in this walk with me because as the doctors say, it is a miracle he survived the suicide attempt brought on by severe undiagnosed depression.
|9/20/14 Out of the Darkness Walk|
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Hold Onto Hope!