Our 7th Annual Save A Life Walk took place on Sunday November 10th. Thanks to the participation of over 1,500 people, the fundraising efforts of individuals and teams, and many words of wisdom, comfort and support from speakers Carol LeBeau, Nick Macchione, and Chaplain Joe Davis, the event was a huge success!
The Walk website tally indicates we’ve raised over $74,000, but that total will grow as we enter the donations that were made at the event! Also, please note that we accept donations for this event through January, 2014, so we are hopeful that we will surpass our $100,000 goal once again.
Donations can still be made at http://savealifewalk.kintera.org and checks made payable to “Save A Life Walk” can be sent to: Save A Life Walk, c/o YRSPP, 7700 El Camino Real, Suite 207, Carlsbad, CA 92009
The funds raised are critical for SOSL to continue to carry out our mission to help survivors of suicide loss, but the most important part of our Save A Life Walk is the coming together, the camaraderie, the community awareness and the stigma reduction. We were blessed to have many media outlets covering the Save A Life Walk during the event and after.
You can view the KUSI clip HERE!
Watch a Highlight Reel of Save A Life Walk 2013!
Words cannot express just how encouraging it is to see all of you at our Walk. We are so grateful for your participation, and we hope that you found the event to be supportive and healing. We are inspired by the courage and strength it takes for individual Walkers to come join us, and we’re moved when we see large Teams coming together, donning matching t-shirts. It is truly a beautiful event for all of us to honor our loved ones lost to suicide, and to support those struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide.
The Walk was sprinkled with both laughter and tears. We enjoyed many special moments together from early-morning yoga poses, to hula hooping, to kids & teens dancing gangnam style.
Then there were more difficult moments, as when Carol LeBeau gave her keynote speech and shared with us her personal battles with suicide loss and depression, and when Chaplain Joe Davis shared with us that he lost his father to suicide in January of this year. Nick Macchione, Director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Service Agency, challenged us to do our part to make San Diego a healthy place for all of us. The morning closed with the dramatic release of 85 doves soaring into the blue sky in memory of our loved ones.
Watch Carol LeBeau’s Keynote Speech HERE!
This event was a success because of the people who participated in it, from our Walkers and our fundraisers to our Speakers and Resource Fair participants. If you were there to share this event with us, to Walk with us, Thank You. The Save A Life Walk is always the second Sunday of November, so mark your 2014 calendars for November 9, 2014, for our 8th Annual Save A Life Walk!
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