North Bergen’s third annual Out of the Darkness Walk took place on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park. Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Commissioner Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and Police Chief Robert Dowd were among those who attended the event to lend their support to the suicide-prevention initiative.
More than 400 people participated in the walk, raising $14,250 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The AFSP will use the funds to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
The event was organized by the Sanchez family of North Bergen after they lost a family member to suicide. Many participants walked in teams in memory of friends or family who were lost.
Donations to the North Bergen’s Out of the Darkness initiative can be made until Dec. 31 by visiting afsp.org/northbergen.