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Record-Setting Turnout Boosts Suicide Awareness

Author/songwriter Brooklyn James reads from her novel, 'The Boots My Mother Gave Me' Banner marks kickoff point for Out of the Darkness walk Walkers pass the Bush Campus Center on their mission of suicide prevention Joe S. Miller, manager of audio/visual services at Penn College and walk coordinator More than 150 participants raised a little more than $6,000 in Sunday’s “Out of the Darkness” suicide-awareness and -prevention walk. Joe S. Miller, manager of audio/visual services at Penn College and coordinator of the walk, said the number of walkers was five times last year’s total; the amount of money raised so far (donations are accepted through Dec. 31) is more than four times the 2009 total. The walk, which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, marked the start of Depression Awareness Week activities on campus.Photos by Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist