Greek Life Honors Student in Out of Darkness Walk 

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief 

Photo of Greek life students attending Out of the Darkness event. Retrieved from https://supporting.afsp.org/index  by Alyssa Wilson on Nov. 1, 2022.

On average in the United States, there are 132 suicides per day, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works to fight that statistic with their annual Out of the Darkness walk, which is hosted in hundreds of cities nationwide. 

Lynchburg, Va. hosted a walk at Riverfront Park on Oct. 29th which was rescheduled from its original date in early October due to Hurricane Ian. 

Many community members joined together in walking to raise money towards research and studies that help prevent suicide. 

The event’s fundraising goal was $60,000 and was surpassed by over $20,000. 

In addition to fundraising, community members also came out to show support and spread awareness for those who have lost their lives to suicide. 

Among these community members were many Greek brothers and sisters from the University of Lynchburg, who gathered to remember Phi Kappa Tau brother Sean Williams who passed away in the spring of 2021. 

Julie Brence, Kappa Delta member, attended the event with other sisters in her chapter. 

“For us as a group we decided to participate after Sean Williams passed a couple years ago as well as just showing the community support and for our sisters,” says Brence. 

Phi Kappa Tau  had 11 brothers attend this year’s event in honor of Williams, including CeVonte Jones, senior. 

Jones says, “This was the first time I’ve been to the event and I thought it went great. It’s an uncomfortable  subject but having the whole community come together to bring awareness to something that affects us all is very powerful.” 

This is an annual event so more members of the community are welcome to participate in next year’s event. Although it has not been announced yet, people can find the information once its been announced here

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