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Kalamazoo's 'Out of the Darkness Walk' to bring support for families impacted by suicide

WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the first time ever, Kalamazoo will host a walk for suicide prevention to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Out of the Darkness Walk is happening this Sunday at Milham Park.

Paw Paw resident Candace Streich helped to bring the walk here. In 2016, her then-husband Jason Brown died from suicide. Brown was a volunteer Lawton firefighter who also loved to race cars.

Streich tells Newschannel 3 she doesn't want another family to have to go through what hers has and that is why she is helping organize the event. She hopes it will be a day of support for survivors and families impacted by suicide.

"You can find a lot of peace knowing that the struggle is real and everyone else can relate. You're never alone. even though you might feel like it, you're never alone," said Streich. "There's just so many people in our community, let alone in Michigan, that have lost somebody or struggle with suicide."

The Southwest Michigan Out of the Darkness Walk is happening Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Kalamazoo’s Milham Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be a full day of events, support and resources for families as well.

Organizers hope to raise $25,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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