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Hundreds walk to support loved ones lost to suicide

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

More than 300 people came out to the Sixth Annual Out of the Darkness Walk at Cape County Park on Sunday. 

People gathered together to show support and remember the loved ones lost who died by suicide. 

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, claiming more than 39,500 each year according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

It's a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, and the entire community. 

"Sometimes you feel so isolated and alone in your grief with it," Charles Keene said.

"And to be able to sit with people and talk to them face to face and know they are feeling much the same way you are, makes you feel a little less alone."

People here at the walk joined together holding signs and wearing t-shirts and walked around the lake at the Cape County North Park. Many walked in support of losing a close family member. Others, a friend. Some just walked to support the cause. 

For Keene, he lost his son Dylan to suicide in 2013. He holds his son dear to his heart and wants to do his part in raising awareness and support others also. 

"All I have left of Dylan is his memory," Keene said. "I want people to know who he was, what he was about, what a great person that this world lost when he left it, and there are so many other stories like his."

Money raised helps fund research on understanding suicide and ways to prevent it as well including educational programs. 

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