On May 27, 1996, Memorial Day, my beloved sister, Lisa, killed herself.
She was 31, I was 22.
“Out of the Darkness” is fitting. My sister was bound by a darkness from which she could only see one way out, and her suicide sent me into a darkness that took years for me to escape. I came out on the other side not liking what I saw.
I think my real steps to healing began while I was training for the first Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk (26.2 miles), which was in DC in 2002. It helped bring the truth of my sister’s suicide out into the light.
Lisa’s suicide put my family, her friends, and me through something I never want to happen to anyone else.
I hope by participating in this overnight walk I can help raise awareness, help fund research, and help prevent others from experiencing such profound pain.
I hope to diminish the stigma that some associate with suicide. It’s how people live their lives that matters in the end, not how they die.
A donation in any amount will help strengthen resources needed to help others out of their darkness.
~~~Please support me as I take an amazing journey. The Out of the Darkness Overnight Experience is an 16-18 mile walk over the course of one night. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.~~~
I would like to add that during the Walk I will also be holding in my heart Matt W. & Chad R. I have not forgotten you.