Out of the darkness


Volunteers hand out balloons at the end of the Out of the Darkness walk at Centennial Park in Munster. The event raised money and awareness toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Sara Lisac, Author

On Sept. 27, a few Lake Central students and other community members participated in American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness walk at Centennial Park in Munster.  The event raised money and awareness for suicide prevention in the community.

One of the teams at this event, Team CalSal, was there in memory of Caleb Salazar, a former Lake Central student. The team has been dedicating their time to raise money for the awareness.

“The Out of the Darkness allows each participant to have a donation page and individually we went out to get donations.  I went to different businesses asking them to make donations towards our shirts and anything left over from the shirts I put directly towards our team’s donation page for the walk,” Jessica LaPato, captain of Team CalSal, said.

Team CalSal has raised over 17 hundred dollars which contributed to the over 30 thousand dollars raised for that specific event.  After discovering AFSP, team CalSal plans on attending similar events in the future.

“We started going through a support group through Wounded Healers and they had let us know about the AFSP organization and all of their walks, so we’ve been looking into what other ones we could do around the area,” LaPato said.

Team CalSal will be attending the Out of the Darkness walk in South Bend on Nov. 1.  For information on upcoming AFSP events and donations visit afsp.donordrive.com/communitywalks.