NAMI Pasco hosted its first ever NAMI Walks Your Way Pasco, in May. Although the event was virtual, key sponsors and NAMI supporters met in person, to stream the kickoff live to Facebook.
David Snyder was the master of ceremonies and Debbie L. Proulx, NAMI’s executive director, explained the way the funds will be used, and thanked the sponsors and key supporters.
A total of 184 registered walkers and 23 teams took part, according to a news release.
NAMI Pasco is not funded by its national organization. It will use the $34,349 raised to continue to offer its free support groups, education classes, and health and wellness coaching, said Proulx, the release.
She said it’s a boost to participants in NAMI’S free programs to witness the community’s support, and said it can help them feel less alone.
She noted that many who joined in, or donated, did so in honor of a loved one who is no longer here because of suicide. Those suicides that may have been prevented if they had been connected with services offered through NAMI, Proulx said, in the release.
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