Frederick Walk

Join us on October 14, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/14/2017
Walk Location: Baker Park  Frederick, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/14/2017 at 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Larissa Puryear (info below) & Jill Martin (301-514-4729) 
Contact Phone: 240-529-4549 
Contact Email:

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.


Welcome to the Frederick
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Saturday, October 14, 2017

For the latest updates please visit our Facebook Page


Registration: 8:30am - 9:45am
Opening Ceremony:    9:45am
Walk Begins:  10:00am
Closing Ceremony: 12:00pm



There are two parking options around Baker Park in the downtown area. The closest garages are West Patrick Street Garage located at 138 West Patrick Street and the Church Street Deck located at 17 East Church Street.  Street parking is free on the day of the walk and there are spaces next to the park on 2nd Street. Follow the Out of the Darkness direction signs to the registration tables. Everyone over the age of 5 years needs to register. There will be two separate registration tables: one for those that have preregistered online and one for those that have not. 


After the opening ceremony, we will walk along the pathway surrounding Baker Park, totaling 2.2 miles. The walk route is stroller and wheelchair accessible and there are several benches to rest along the way. After the walk, we will gather for the Closing Ceremony. Please be advised that the walk is a rain-or-shine event.


Download the Frederick SPONSORSHIP PACKETWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 


In lieu of monetary donations, the AFSP is also grateful to accept gifts-in-kind. For example: snacks and beverages for the participants or entertainment (DJ, Sound System) and printing services.


Download the Frederick Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! 

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! 


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!


Raise $150 by 10/14/2017 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. 



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at INSERT TIME. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Frederick Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at:


AFSP Store:

Stop by our AFSP Store and purchase “Be the Voice” or “Out of the Darkness” swag. Proceeds will go back to the Frederick Out of the Darkness Walk!


Lifekeeper Quilt:

AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilts are collaborative tributes created by survivors of suicide loss that are publicly displayed at local and national events to put a face on the tragedy of suicide and the devastating toll it takes.

The quilts represent what we, as survivors, feel our loved ones need to be remembered, not for how they died, but for who they were, and how they lived. The quilts help educate our state and our nation on the imperative of reducing the incidence of suicide.

To add a square for your loved one please email Sara Tagget, Maryland Board Member and Loss & Healing Chair, at and include a photo (jpeg and 1 meg), their name, birth and angel dates; or call 443-745-0862.

Honor Beads:
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience

Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!


Quick Stats

$82,352.89 Raised
978 Participants

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Special thanks to our national Out of the Darkness Walks sponsor