Register now for suicide prevention walk

LOS ANGELES - The 13th annual 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention takes place Sept. 25 in Westchester, just north of LAX, at 8 a.m.More than 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers are expected to take part in the fundraiser to benefit the Suicide Prevention Center. Founded in 1958, the Suicide Prevention Center provides services to people who are contemplating suicide and those affected by the suicide of loved ones. "Each year lose 1,100 college students to suicide," said Dr. Kita Curry, president and CEO of the non-profit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. "Their hopes and dreams are never realized." At this year's event will be a display of 1,100 backpacks and personal stories in honor of those lost to suicide. "The impact of seeing a statistic made real is powerful," said Curry. "We hope the community will come and share their stories and celebrate and remember loved ones lost to suicide." Registration for the walk is $25 if paid before Sept. 18, otherwise the fee increases to $30. For more information, or to sign up, go to aliveandrunning.com.

********** Published: September 01, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 20