Washington DC Walk

Join us on October 20, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/20/2018
Walk Location: The Lincoln Memorial
Check-in/Registration Time: 1:00 pm
Walk Begins: 3:00 pm
Walk Ends: 6:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dhyana R. Parker 
Contact Phone: 240-719-1644 
Contact Email: Chair.DCWalk@gmail.com

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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Washington DC

Out of the Darkness Walk


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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, 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.



We are excited and honored to announce that Brent Smith and Zach Myers from Shinedown have joined DC101's One More Light walk team and will be walking with us on October 20th at the 12th annual Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk! For more information and to register to walk with Brent and Zach, visit www.afsp.org/shinedown.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Multi-Platinum Artists Brent Smith & Zach Myers of Shinedown to Join Suicide Prevention Walk in Washington, D.C. 



Roche is the music director for DC101 you know him from his on-air show weekdays 3 – 7 PM on DC101 and the “Doo Doo Time Spectacular,” which lights up the phones with a blast from the past weekdays at 4:30pm. He is a husband and father of 2 boys, loves Sebring cars, DC United, staying in shape by working out regularly, and is a passionate advocate and voice for mental health and suicide prevention. This will be Roche’s second year participating in the Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk and captaining his DC101’s One More Light walk team in memory of Chester Bennington of Lincoln Park and in honor of everyone who has been affected by suicide.

In 2017, Roche and DC101’s One More Light set AFSP National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) records for largest walk team in NCAC chapter history with 177 team members, and largest fundraising team in NCAC chapter history by raising more than $25,000 to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. This year, Roche has set a goal to top his team’s own records and raise $30,000! You can learn more and join the DC101’s One More Light Walk team here and support Roche’s fundraising efforts by giving here.    


You know her from her nationally-syndicated radio program ‘Live in Concert,” and popular BIG 100 segments like the BIG Workforce Block, 11 o'clock LIVE, and Lisa's Animal Tales. Lisa Berigan has been a trusted voice in Washington, D.C. for years and, this year, she has joined AFSP to #BeTheVoice for suicide prevention as emcee of the 2018 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk. Please join AFSP in welcoming Lisa and come out to see her live on October 20th!


Following the walk, please stick around for a very special closing ceremony that will begin at 5:30 PM. 


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!


Event at Lincoln Memorial.  

Walk Route Map.


We will be running 2 school bus shuttles that will transport walkers from the Smithsonian Metro (Department of Agriculture Exit, South Building - 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW) to the Lincoln Memorial (Daniel French Dr. SW) from 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM.


WE NEED YOUR HELP! Without volunteers, the Washington, D.C. Walk would not be possible and there are a number of opportunities available for volunteers on the day of the Walk.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this Volunteer Sign-Up Form.  Also, if you know any individuals or groups that may be interested in volunteering as well, please share the link to the above volunteer sign-up form or contact Ellen Shannon at eshannon@afsp.org


Raise $150 by 10/20/2018 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. 


Earn Invitations to VIP events, Team Tents at the Walk, AFSP Swag and More!

To recognize, reward and show our sincere appreciation for our walkers and teams who have exhibited outstanding achievements in fundraising, we are happy and honored to provide the following 2018 Walker and Team Rewards.


Download the 2018 Washington, D.C. Walk SPONSOR AGREEMENT to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive! 


Memories are our precious keepsakes of the loved ones we love so much.  Please bring a picture, quote and/or special poem for your loved one that can be included in the Remembrance Book or used to create a Luminary Memorial to be displayed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the walk’s closing ceremony (see example here). 


The Washington, D.C. Walk welcomes all ages to attend! Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities with you little ones at our Children’s Activity Area! 


Be sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area with information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations. 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 or mental illness.

If you are interested in exhibiting in our Resource Fair, please download and complete the RESOURCE FAIR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION and return it to Ellen Shannon at eshannon@afsp.org by October 12, 2018.


Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk. AND with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP dog bandana for your best friend!

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

Sponsored By

Awards Limousine Service Inc.
City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedic IAFF 2702
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
TCG, Inc.
Thomas "VZ"s Starry Knights
Patuxent Roofing Inc.
Shades of Sisterhood Social Club
Tony Lamar Productions