On Saturday, September 17, 520 people participated in the 2011 Out of the Darkness Walk in Cedar Rapids.  This walk raised over $25,000 to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and local awareness and prevention efforts such as those offered by Foundation 2 Crisis Center.

I would like to thank the 2011 Out of the Darkness Walk Committee (Tiffany – Maureen – Steve – Paula – John – Paul – Lora – Megan ) and everyone who helped to make this event a great success!  It was truly touching to see the number of people dedicated to supporting those who have lost someone to suicide and who care about suicide prevention.  What a great opportunity to interact with a fabulous group of people!

I would also like to thank Elizabeth Ray (Foundation 2’s Current Board President) and Larry Anspach (A friend to Foundation 2 in so many ways, and Team Leader of the “Friends of Foundation 2” group for the Out of the Darkness Walk) for sharing their stories at the walk.  They have given permission to post their stories on the Foundation 2 website.  For those of you who were unable to hear Elizabeth and Larry speak on September 17th, I have pasted their notes below.

Thank you again to everyone who made this day so special.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the 13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on November 19th.

Elisabeth Kissling

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