Southwest Michigan Walk

Join us on September 22, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/22/2019
Walk Location: Celery Flats - Portage (Garden Lane) - Kalamazoo/Portage, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Program Starts: 10:30 am
Walk Starts: 10:45 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Stephanie Walker 
Contact Phone: 269-358-5996 
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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Southwest Michigan 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.

Walk Route

5K route between Garden Lane and Milham on the beautiful Celery Flats trail. The walk route is flat and paved and is stroller/ wheelchair accessible. A short walk route will also be available. 

Become a Sponsor

Download the Southwest Michigan Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With 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!

Upload sponsor agreement and logo online


Pets are allowed except where posted (posted areas include picnic areas and playgrounds). Pets must be restrained on a 6 foot or retractable leash, vaccinated for rabies and never left unattended. Persons in charge of pets on park property are responsible for clean up after pet. 

*There will be bandanas for sale for dogs at the event!

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.  View our event 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 09/22/2019 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. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Memorial Markers

We will be posting "Memorial Markers" along the walk trail. There will be materials provided and an opportunity before the walk to decorate your own sign. We encourage you to bring along a picture of your loved one or ideas for "inspirational messages" for these trail markers. If you would like to create signs ahead of time and bring them with you this is also an option. These markers will replace our "Memorial Wall" this year for more visibility throughout the walk. 

Face Painting Station 

Fun for kids and adults alike! 

Be the Voice Merchandise

"Be the Voice" merchandise will be available for salfe. Items include t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, pins, water bottles and more. 

Community Resources 

Be sure to stop by early and check out local community resources. A variety of agencies and community programs will be available to hand out information and answer questions you may have about services available in the area. 

Silent Auction

A variety of wonderful items to bid on from generous community donors! 

Team Tents/ Picnic

We encourage your team to set up their own gathering area! Please find space in the grassy area near the red barn and white pavillion near the main events. Please note, if you bring a pop up tent, it can not be staked into the ground, only weighted down. 

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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