“Chandler’s Drumline” is calling for community support as they particiapte in the Out of the Darkness Prosper Walk on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Windsong Ranch, located at 1001 Windsong Parkway in Prosper.


“Chandler’s Drumline” will be walking in spirit with an estimated 250,000 people who will be walking throughout hundreds of cities across the country in order to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and their mission to bring hope to those affected by suicide.


“Chandler’s Drumline” is looking for support via registering to walk with the team, or by making a monetary donation. In order to help the team reach their fundraising goal, people can go online and donate to a team member by selecting “Roster” on the website and choosing one of the team members listed. Then click “Donate Now.” The website stipulates that donations can only be made to individuals, but that the total each person raised is contributed to the team goal.


“All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025,” the website states.


The AFSP has been raising awareness about suicide through their now annual walks. In 2004, there were 4,000 walkers in 24 communities. This year a quarter of a million walkers from 415 communities will be participating.


“As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the Community Walks are proof that when people work together, they can make big changes in our world,” the AFSP website states.

In order to get involved, you can create or join a team, walk as an individual, walk virtually or volunteer. Walks will be occuring in all 50 states, so if you are from out of town or know anyone who might be interested in participating, check online to see if there is one near you. All registration can be done online at the AFSP website.

To register with “Chandler’s Drumline” or make a donation, please visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfmfuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=144851. To learn more about the AFSP and how you can get involved, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1196&eventID=4654.

The AFSP is the leader in fighting against suicide by providing funding, creating educational programs, advocating public policy and supporting survivors of suicide loss. Headquartered in New York, the AFSP has chapters in all 50 states.

The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Someone is available to talk 24/7.