HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Despite a soggy afternoon, hundreds came out to Harrisburg to support each other at the 10th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“I think that people would honestly come out in a monsoon or a snowstorm for this,” Brandon Marsico, one of the organizers, said.
Some were silent, but all were dressed in loud beads.
“White beads are for the loss of a child,” Marsico said.
Robin Goudy wore white.
“For my son, Evan,” Goudy said.
It’s been 11 months since she had to say goodbye.
“Evan tried the best he could and he wasn’t able to go anymore, so it’s up to me and his siblings and family and friends and people that don’t know him to be aware that this can happen to anybody at anytime,” Goudy said.
Robin said Evan is remembered not for how he died, but how he lived.
“It’s not something to be ashamed of,” Goudy said.
“What is different about suicide is it is so sudden and it happens so quickly that you don’t really get that preparation you do as with other diseases or illnesses that you may be dying from. When you die from suicide, it’s a sudden and instant ending,” Marsico said.
“When I think of the pain and discomfort that Evan was feeling, or anybody else that does something like this, getting wet [doesn’t seem so bad],” Goudy said.
This family reunion came out of the darkness, celebrating bright memories.
“I had seen somebody walk over and put on the green beads and instantly start crying, and I was like ‘I can put the green beads on, too,’ ” Marsico said.
The money from the walk will go toward research, education, and future walks.
If you or someone you know would like more information or to get involved in AFSP, contact them at 717-579-8761