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Walk raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

Published 4:25pm Monday, October 10, 2011

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY - Last year, Virginia Crawford and Darlene Edwards walked in an Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise suicide awareness in memory of Crawford’s son and Edwards’ brother. This year, they’re promoting others join in the walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Crawford said the walk at Heardmont Park on Nov. 6 will offer booths of companies that can provide help and education for those dealing with suicide.

“Each team sets up a name for themselves. They walk as a way of raising money. You don’t have to, but it’s a way to raise suicide awareness,” Edwards said.

Check in for the walk runs from 1-2:30 p.m., and the walk will take place from 2:30-4 p.m.

“Last year, they had a pair of shoes for everyone who passed away last year (due to suicide). About 667 people in Alabama passed away,” Edwards said.

To register online, visit Outofthedarkness.org and click on “Find An Event Near You.” Online registration closes at 11:45 on Nov. 5, but anyone can register in person at the walk. Donations are accepted until Dec. 31.

For more information, contact Lisa Dunn at 335-1876 or email ldunn@afsp.org.

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