Dear Academy of Kempo Friends and Family:

A life is lost to suicide every 16 minutes in the United States. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four year olds and the second leading cause of death among college students. However, most Americans remain unaware that suicide is a national health problem. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the community is devastating. The loss of human potential is enormous.

In July 2010 a family from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts lost someone to suicide. This has forever changed this families life as well as the lives of their friends.

On OCTOBER 7, 2012, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host its Out of the Darkness Community Walk in HAMDEN. We hope you will consider walking with us as we travel the FARMINGTON CANAL TRAIL, WHITNEY and SHERMAN AVENUE, 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 see treatment.

On-line registration is now available at www.outofthedarkness.org. You may register individually or as part of a team. Please consider inviting your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to walk with you or to support your walk. If you are not able to join us, perhaps you would consider sponsoring a walker or making a donation to the HAMDEN walk.

For more information please contact Suzann Kober (Event Organizer & Suicide Survivor) at hevenrth3@aol.com or call her at (203) 376-2625. Thank you ahead of time for your support in bringing suicide Out of the Darkness.

Sincerely,

Shihan Frank Ciarleglio

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