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Advocates rally for suicide prevention at 'Out of the Darkness Walk'

Out of the Darkness Walk
Posted at 3:33 PM, Oct 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-01 21:21:15-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington "Out of the Darkness" event welcomed droves of people Saturday morning, walking for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Against a sunny backdrop, walkers enjoyed live music and food trucks at Lexington's Moondance Ampitheater.

They were also able to share messages on the group's hope and healing wall and make honor beads to remember those they've lost.

In total, 16 teams of 126 people took part in the event, raising more than $25,000.

"In 2014, we lost our grandfather to suicide, and that's why we're here," said Allie Buchanan, co-chair of the walk. "We don't want any family to have to experience that loss."

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community. The organization uses research, education, and advocacy in their effort to take action against a leading cause of death.