Take a 'Walk out of the Darkness' for suicide awareness
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In an effort to bring awareness, support for survivors of suicide loss and invest in new research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is inviting you to come out to its Out of the Darkness Community walk.
This is the ninth year the walk has taken the streets and trails of Anchorage. Everyone is asked to meet up at the Albrecht Ball Fields Saturday morning. The walk will follow the Campbell Creek and University trails for about three miles.
Organizers say the paths have some areas that are unpaved and have some elevation change but it is not technically challenging and wheelchair friendly. Dogs are also welcome.
A registration fee is not required, but participants are encouraged to fundraise.
Those who raise $150 by Saturday will receive a 2018 Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt. If you bring your dog, make a $10 donation and get them some swag -- an AFSP Pooch Bandana.
If you're a survivor of suicide loss, you're encouraged to bring an 8-by-10 -inch photo of your loved one to be added to the Memorial Garden.
If you're interested in signing up or volunteering, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.
Check-in and day-of registration opens at 11 a.m. Followed by an opening ceremony at 11:45 a.m. The walk starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
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