Whitney's Walk for Life to raise money for suicide prevention

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Whitney's Walk

BRIMFIELD — Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the third leading cause of death in those aged 15 to 24. 

The 11th annual Whitney’s Walk for Life to raise money for suicide prevention efforts will be held July 26 at Jubilee College State Park near Brimfield.  

There will be a 5K run at 7:55 a.m. and a 5K walk begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds from Whitney’s Walk support the Hult Center for Healthy Living and their programs of mental health screenings, depression awareness and suicide prevention programs.

The registration fee for the run or the walk is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under. Teams can be formed with a minimum of five walkers, runners or donors who together raise $250. 

Registration for Whitney’s Walk can be made online at www.whitneyswalk.com through July 24. Registration can also be done on the day of the event from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. for runners and 7 to 7:45 a.m. for walkers.

Walkers and runners can pick up their WW T-shirts from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Brimfield Fire Department or from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center court of the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Participants can also register to walk or run at the T-shirt pick-up sites. Everyone who registers by the T-shirt pick-up dates is guaranteed a Whitney’s Walk T-shirt.

The first Whitney’s Walk for Life was held in 2004 after the tragic suicide of Whitney Grotts of Brimfield.  Since then, Whitney’s Walk has raised over $800,000 for suicide prevention. Thousands of people in central Illinois have benefited from the education and advocacy programs that Hult Center for Healthy Living now provides.  

There are 100 suicides every day in the United States. That translates into one suicide every 14 minutes.  People need to understand that recovery from depression and other mental illness is possible. If people receive the help that they need, 70 to 90 percent can go on to lead healthy and productive lives.  

For more information, call Whitney’s Walk Coordinator Jamie Sanders at 692-6650.