Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Walk

Join us on September 14, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/14/2019
Walk Location: Stony Creek Metropark - Shelby Township, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lisa Matway & Diane Derenge 
Contact Phone: 586-419-0384 
Contact Email: oaklandmacombootd@gmail.com

*Please note there is a park entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle*

The walk route is 3 miles. Participants are welcome to stay behind at the event site or walk what you can if the route is challenging.

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 Out of the Darkness Oakland/Rochester/Macomb 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.


Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event.  With a $10 donation, you may pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Merch. area located next to registration.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for small and large businesses to support suicide prevention and awareness in our communities. 

Help Spread the Word!

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

  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

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

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central (must be logged in)


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 09/14/2019 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. 

Team Tent Area

If you choose to bring a tent, there will be an area to set up your team tent or individual tent for the walk. You may also bring camping chairs, blankets, food for yourself and/or your team. Look for the team tent area sign when you arrive. 

Food Truck

This year food will be available to purchase from The Mean Weenie food truck. Click on the link to check out their awesome menu!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Remembrance Tent

Honor your loved one in our remembrance tent. You may bring a poster and/or photo to be displayed in our tent. These will be fastened with tacks. Please make sure your item isn't too thick and may be fixated to wood.

Hope Tent

Write your own message of hope to those who are struggling and pay it forward or wear it as you walk. You can also paint a kindness rock to take home. 

Resource Area

Several local resources will be available to offer information regarding mental health support services.


Bring your kiddos...A craft area will be available for kids to express their creativity!

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.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.


The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

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

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