Alamedan Walks in ‘Out of Darkness’ Benefit

Alameda resident Regina Famiano along with hundreds of others took part in the 2014 “Out of the Darkness” overnight walk in Seattle last Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15. 

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosts the event where participants took part in a 17.7-mile walk around Seattle that last from sunset Saturday night to sunrise Sunday morning. The walk is designed to raise awareness for the goal of reducing the annual rate of suicide by 20 percent by year 2025 — saving 7,600 lives each year, according to the event’s website. 

The overnight walk raises funds to provide research, advocacy, survivor support, education and awareness programs — both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide. Each participant agrees to raise at least $1,000 for AFSP. Famiano raised $1,072 for the organization. Eighty-one percent of all donations go to fund research.

This was Famiano’s fourth time running an “Out of the Darkness” overnight walk. Famiano wrote on her donation page that she ran in memory of her brother who took his own life six years ago and father who committed suicide four years ago. 

The Overnight is part of AFSP’s overall “Out of the Darkness” initiative, which also includes hundreds of three- to five-mile community walks and campus walks nationwide each year. 

Visit asfp.org to learn more about The Overnight, prevention and education programs, relevant research, how to get involved, as well as information to understand, prevent and cope with suicide.
The ASFP will host another overnight walk Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, in Philadelphia. 

To donate to or view Famiano’s page, visit http://theovernight.donordrive.com and type her name in the search engine.