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Published September 25, 2011, 11:43 AM

Grieving family and friends are comforted at 6th annual Out of the Darkness Walk

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People come out of the darkness to take a step toward stopping suicide and comforting families and friends still grieving. The 6th annual Out of the Darkness 5k walk in Fargo benefits suicide prevention and awareness programs.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People come out of the darkness to take a step toward stopping suicide and comforting families and friends still grieving. The 6th annual Out of the Darkness 5k walk in Fargo benefits suicide prevention and awareness programs.

This is Joan Myers' first year coming to the walk. Her son Andy committed suicide in 2002.

JOAN MYERS - Mother of Suicide Victim: “It was nice to know about this organization so I thought I would come and just kind of share I guess in everybody's pain or joy.”

Myers says this walk is a good way to raise awareness of an issue that so many people are ashamed to talk about. She says walks like this help people, grieving, know they are not alone.

JOAN: “I've come a long ways, I've come a long ways, I think I struggled the hardest was the last 7 years and then probably turned the corner a year or last summer.”

One of the walk organizers wanted to start this walk in 2006, after she and her family were affected by suicide.

BRENDA WEILER - Walk Co-Organizer: “My sister passed away by suicide and we wanted to do something for the community to try and bring more awareness and to try to raise funds for education and prevention.”

She's overwhelmed with how successful it has become.

BRENDA: “Today because it's the biggest walk we've had and it just grows and grows every year and you just realize how many people are affected by this issue.”

A total of 804 people walked showing their support for family, friends, and anyone affected by suicide. So wether people came to support a lost son, brother, mother, or friend, people can count on this walk to bring hope but most of all awareness.

JOAN: “A wonderful group of souls have gotten together and to celebrate and share and support one another.”

Every 4 days, someone dies to suicide in North Dakota. For more information or to donate, go to www.outofthedarkness.com.

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