“Out of the Darkness” Walk to Prevent Suicide

A life is lost to suicide every 16 minutes in the United States. Suicide
is the third leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four year
olds. Close to 1 million people attempt suicide each year. The impact
suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the
community is devastating. On May 6th, you are invited to take steps to
prevent suicide and raise awareness about something that seems to be
somewhat of a taboo subject. Once again this year, Samantha Neaman, who
lost her young son, 13 year old Kyle Koslop to suicide in 2007, is
leading the way to bring people out of the darkness. The 3rd Annual Stop
the Silence Walk is planned for May 6th at the Hazleton Area High School
Track. Registration begins at noon with the walk kicking off at 1:00.
You can walk to honor a loved one, walk to support the cause, walk to
raise awareness or all three. For information log onto
http://afsp.donordrive.com/event/hazleton/ or simply go to
outofthedarkness.org All of the money raised will benefit the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention in providing local services to our
local community. In 2011 alone, there were 56 reported suicides in
Luzerne County alone. That is an average of one life lost per week. So
grab some of your friends and ask everyone you know for a donation. So
far, the Out of The Darkness Walk in Hazleton has raised over
25-thousand-dollars in just 2 years. For more information on the walk
and how to get involved check on Facebook or call News 13 at 459-9813.
News 13’s Kristen Buczynski will once again be walking for Kyle Koslop
and all of the children and adults who we have lost in our viewing area
to suicide. Anyone watching at home is more than welcome to join the
News 13 team as well.

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