The Richmond Out of Darkness Walk for AFSP is in two days, Saturday October 19th. Our team is doing great and getting closer to our goal!
Suicide is a national health problem. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the community is devastating. The loss of human potential is enormous.
Our family walks to honor and remember my oldest son Kenny, who died by suicide in May of 2014.
We lost a kind, gentle and good, good man, but know his legacy is saving so many lives and helping a multitude of people.
We have raised, $25, 613 in our 5 walks and what we have so far, for this year!
Thank you to all who have supported us in this cause.
Making a difference, together, to help reduce the suicide rate, educate people on the risks of suicide and mental health conditions, support those who are struggling or have lost someone to suicide, fund research and end the stigma!
Our walk is a 5K, that takes place in a beautiful park, partially through the woods, then gradually out into the open ,with a big sky, by a lovely lake.
Truly, a walk out of the darkness and into the light.
My health journey has had it's ups and downs and I have had issues with my knees, hips, feet, etc. I have gotten slower and slower walking the walk and I am at my heaviest this year,
Grief, somewhat limited mobility, due to injuries, arthritis and the like, has made it difficult to move the way that I should.
I will be taking a cane to the walk, to help ease the pain of the inclines, that are near the beginning of the walk, on a dirt path over roots.
I could feel like a failure, look at the bad side, but I choose to see how I am still walking, I have hope that I can get better and if I have to take baby steps to get there, I will.
I want everyone to have hope, no matter what they are going through.
I pray for those struggling with depression, anxiety, pain, sickness, discouragement, etc, to have hope, know they are not alone, no matter what they feel and that they matter.
Thank you to those who have taken the time to read this blog, those who walk for Kenny in different states or countries, those who think of him , pray for us, or support is in any way.
I think of all of you who are struggling, or who have lost someone to suicide, as well and carry that with me at the walk.
If you would like to share the name of a loved one whom you have lost to suicide, for me to have at the walk, please do so in the comments.
I have been asked by a few spark friends to share the link to my page, as part of the Kenny's Walking Warriors team.