The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of Darkness Walk

7 10 2011

So this isn’t a handy-homeownering post, but it’s something that’s near and dear to my heart, so I felt compelled to share it with you. I’ve been battling a bad head cold following my European travels (ah, airplane petri dishes), but I’ve been decorating for fall, and promise to be sharing some handy homeowner projects again soon!

On October 16th, I’ll be joining with thousands of people nationwide to walk in AFSP’s Out of Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I’ve set a personal fundraising goal of $500 – it’s a lot, I know, but I believe I can get there.  I would appreciate any support that you can give me for this worthwhile cause.  The walk is only ten days away, so I’m really ramping up my fundraising efforts!

I’m participating in the walk as a member of Team Walk for Dennis – my very good friend, Kelly, lost her dad to suicide three years ago. I lost my great-grandmother to suicide many years ago, and I know how it continues to touch my family through the generations, even though many of us never even met her. So I’m participating in this walk to support Kelly and her family, raise awareness about suicide and depression, and hopefully get help for even just one person suffering. It’s a cause that’s very near and dear to my heart.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 33,000 lives lost each year in the US and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor their work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution, no matter the size, will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Donating online is also safe and easy! To make an online donation, please click here for my fundraising page and click “support me.” If you would rather donate by check, please make the check out to AFSP and mail it in with the offline donation form.

Thank you SO much for considering this request for your support – every little bit counts. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks or AFSP, do not hesitate to contact me, or visit

I’ll let you know how the walk goes! This is my second year doing the walk, and I can tell you that last year’s was incredibly moving.



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