Gary & Linda Altieri

Team Captain Team Mikey Hamden Walk

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Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Hamden Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Dear Family & Friends,

It’s hard to believe that almost 8 years have passed since we lost our son, Michael, age 23, on October 3, 2009. He lost his life to suicide. To say this was devastating for all of us would be a gross understatement. Our lives have been changed forever. We still, and will always, have many unanswered questions: How could this happen? Why did this happen? These and many others will never be answered for us, ever.

We are once again participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walk on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Farmington Canal Trail in Hamden, CT. This year’s walk will start at Hamden Town Center, next to Hamden Middle School on Dixwell Avenue. We will walk to the Farmington Canal Trail from the Town Center Park, then loop back to the park. The walk is approximately 3 miles long, round trip. Participants are also welcome to stay at the Town Center Park if they are unable to participate in the walk. Registration can be done on-line or in person the day of the walk. Registration begins at 11am, and the walk starts at 12:30 pm. We hope you will consider walking with us as we travel the beautiful paths here to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. A major goal of this event is to show support for the families and friends of the 33,000 Americans who die by suicide, and the 20 million people who suffer from depression, each year. Support of the community walks also helps to raise funds for suicide prevention research and educational programs; erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes; and encourage those who are suffering from mental illness to seek treatment. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 33,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

We hope you will support our participation in this event by walking with us on October 8th.

Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. If you’d rather mail a check, please make your check payable to AFSP and send it to us at 12 Bliss Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517.All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.

Thanks to all of you for supporting us each and every day.

Linda & Gary

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Special thanks to our national Out of the Darkness Walks sponsor