An 80’s Angel
Our 10th Annual Save A Life Walk took place on Sunday, November 13th, in beautiful Balboa Park! We walk in memory of a loved one, to raise awareness, to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and suicide, and we walk to save lives. Every step we take is a step toward hope.
Over 1,300 people came together to walk alongside each other to honor loved ones, to stand strong for those of us left behind, and to support those of us struggling with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide.
As a group of survivors, we stood together, strong and united, to do our part to break the stigma of mental illness and suicide.
The 10th Annual Save A Life Walk raised over $75,000 for two local organizations. The funds raised through this event ensure that Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) and San Diego’s Chapter of Yellow Ribbon can continue to offer our local survivor support and suicide prevention programs. Thank you for helping make that happen.
Clint August, of 101 KGB radio and our Save A Life Walk emcee, led the event from the stage with compassion and empathy, mixed with the right amounts of humor and levity. The opening ceremonies included a moment of silence and invocation by Chaplain Joe Davis.
We were blessed to witness 9 people stand up before us and do an individual hand-release of a dove. There are no words for how moving it is to see people stand up so strong, on stage before a huge group, to honor the loved one they lost to suicide.
We then cried together as 80 doves were released, circling high above us, as we listened to the heartbreaking words of Rascal Flatt’s song Why:
Oh why, that’s what I keep askin’,
Was there anything I could have said or done,
Oh I, had no clue you were masking a troubled soul, God only knows,
What went wrong, and why you’d leave the stage in the middle of a song.
After the doves soared into the blue sky, we walked together for two beautiful and heartfelt miles through Balboa Park. While this event can be difficult for many, it is our hope that the Walk is a day of healing and hope, even as we connect deeply to our grief. The Save A Life Walk is an event to honor our loved ones, and an event to find even just a moment of joy. We swayed to live cover tunes from San Diego’s very own Ramshackle. As our time together came to a close, the winners of the raffle got to come to the stage to collect their awesome prizes.
The most important part of our Save A Life Walk is the coming together of our survivor community. It’s the camaraderie, it’s the support we lend to each other. And together we create community awareness, which spreads knowledge on suicide prevention and ultimately saves lives.
THANK YOU to our 130 volunteers who showed up at 6:00 a.m. to make this event possible!
THANK YOU to all our Save A Life Walk participants & donors. Each of you made Save A Life Walk 2016 a HUGE success!!
We invite you to include a message and/or photo of your loved one who has died by suicide. Click here for the Virtual Quilt Donation Form.
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