They'll walk to raise suicide awareness

Posted: June 27, 2014

IT'S BEEN a little more than a year since Judy Tripathi lost her son to suicide.

She can remember every one of those days, because they've all been a struggle, filled with grief for Sunil, a Brown University student who committed suicide last year. He is remembered for having been falsely identified as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tomorrow she'll have support.

Tripathi is one of 2,000 people expected to attend Out of the Darkness, a 17-mile walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"I grieve so much alone, that when you're with a group that's all similarly motivated because of severe losses like this, it lends you a lot of strength," Tripathi said last night from her home in Bryn Mawr.

This is the first time the annual event is taking place in Philadelphia. Participants will meet at the Art Museum steps at dusk Saturday, cutting a path through the city and ending at sunrise back at the museum.

The opening ceremony will honor those who died by suicide in the past year, including Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania student who took her life in January.

"Suicide's a complicated grief - there's nobody to blame, it's very painful, and it can be hard to navigate," said Garden Wellington-Logan, the publicity chair for the suicide foundation's local chapter. She lost her brother to suicide in 2006.

"Everybody's there to support each other, to hold each other up."

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