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Love & Lean Walk for Mental Health Awareness
Sat, April 29, 2017, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
LOVE yourself and understand that your pain is real, but so is hope.
LEAN on others (family, friends, professionals) for help, because the harder you lean, the stronger you grow in mental fitness.
This annual walk was inspired by the loss of Zach Kroll, a sophomore at Zeeland East, who silently suffered from depression and died by suicide on February 1, 2015. Zach’s family has connected with many in the community whose loved ones died by suicide or who are struggling with mental illness. Together, they desire to use these heartbreaking and tragic situations to reach out to others and make a positive impact in our community. Through raising awareness, we will all learn how to be more involved and effective in the prevention of suicide and erasing the stigma of mental illness.
**All proceeds will go towards continuing education related to mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local schools.**
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 (rain or shine)
8:30 a.m. - Gathering Begins
9:15 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m. - Walk Begins
Walk as individuals or form a team in memory of a loved one. If you would like a memorial sign placed along the walk, please email a .jpg picture and the name of your loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7.
WHERE: Zeeland East High School Soccer Field
9900 Riley Street, Zeeland. Parking available in various nearby parking lots. The walk (approx. 3 miles) will start and end at the soccer field, after winding through the school property and wetlands.
REGISTER: Registration is free, but donations are encouraged and will be accepted online by going to www.themhf.org. Click on Donate Now and then designate Love & Lean Walk as your donation. Or, checks can be made payable to Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. Mail check & registration form to: Love & Lean Walk, 10593 Bridgewater Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464. **Donate $75 or more by Friday, April 7 to earn a walk t-shirt.**
DISCLAIMER: I hereby state that my physical condition is sufficient to safely complete the Love & Lean Walk 2017. I, for myself, my executors, administrators, and assignees, do hereby release and discharge the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, Zeeland Public Schools, Love & Lean Walk officials, sponsors, and volunteers from damages or injuries occurring by my participation in this event. I also authorize the use of photographs or videotape during the event for any and all purposes. By registering for this walk, I certify that I have read all terms and conditions of this disclaimer and do intend to be legally bound thereby.