C.A.R.E.S. announces third annual Suicide Awareness Walk
Suicide claims more than 30,000 lives each year in the United States alone. Close to 1 million attempt suicide annually. On Nov. 21, C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention will hold its third annual Survivors Stepping Out walk to remember the lives lost as well as to create awareness of prevention. The 5k walk will begin at Veteran’s Park in Cape Coral at 10 a.m., with onsite registration beginning at 9 a.m.
Everyone in Lee County and surrounding areas are invited to Survivors Stepping Out to support suicide survivors and walk to remember those lost to suicide. The walk begins at Veteran’s Park, and will continue into the streets of Cape Coral. C.A.R.E.S.’s mission is to grab the community’s attention and inform them of the help and support they offer to all of Southwest Florida.
“This walk is in memory of all our loved ones lost to suicide. Being involved is part of the healing process for survivors” said Virginia Cervasio, executive director at C.A.R.E.S., in a prepared statement. Registration is $10 which includes a T-shirt, food, and beverages. To get more involved, you can also sign up to fund raise. Some of the prizes for top fund raisers include a trip to New York City or a beach getaway. Participants can sign up to walk and to fundraise on C.A.R.E.S. Web site www.caresprevention.org, or register to walk at the event.
All money raised for Survivors Stepping Out will go to C.A.R.E.S. and its programs which include a resource center and programs for middle and high school students. Services provided by C.A.R.E.S. are free of charge to members of the community in need.
Source: Community Awareness in Recognizing & Educating on Suicide