Walk for Hope 2017

Come walk for hope with us!  Our family-friendly event features loops around the track in honor of suicide prevention awareness month, as well as speakers, live music, remembrance projects, educational booths, and a free QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Suicide Prevention Training.  We have all been affected by suicide in our communities.  Let's join together in remembering our loved ones and ​extending hope to those who are still suffering.​​

Help make this year's walk a success

  • Register ahead of time: it helps us to prepare.  Same day registration is also available. 
  • We invite you to walk in a team, such as your family, civic group, sports team, church, employer, or club. Individuals and teams are encouraged to help us raise funds prior to the Walk.  We will announce the team and individual that raise the most money on the day of the Walk.​  
  • If you would like to volunteer at the Walk, please contact us or check the box on the registration form. Thank you! 
  • Help us advertise the walk: display our Walk for Hope flyer at locations in your community and share it online. 
  • We are actively seeking partners that can serve as Walk for Hope sponsors.  As a sponsor at the bronze level or above, your company or family name will be included on event-day signage and here on our website. For more information, download the Sponsorship Pledge Form.​
  • ​THANK YOU for your support!

Join our 5th annual Walk for Hope! 
Saturday, September 23rd at 10 am
at the Portage High School Track

Make the Most of your Walk for Hope:

  • Bring a photo​ of loved ones lost to suicide to post on our Memory Board display. Please bring copies of your photos-- not originals-- in case of accidental damage.

  • Join us for a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention training after the Walk, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the event.  Learn how to ask a question & save a life.  Free lunch will be provided for all those who pre-register for this training.

  • The high school track used for the Walk is paved and wheelchair accessible. You may choose the length of your walk. See the Walk Schedule, left, for suggested themes for laps.

Obois Family


10 a.m.  

  • Register & pick up t-shirts. Submit funds raised by you or your team. 
  • Bring and post to our Memory Board a photo of a loved one lost to suicide (maximum size 8.5” x11”). Please pick up your photo after the Walk. We suggest you bring a copy—not an original photo—in case of accidental damage. 
  • Sign up to have the names of those you have lost to suicide be read aloud at the start of the walk. 
  • Create a message for a loved one on a balloon. 
  • Browse educational booths. 
  • Enjoy live music by Faith Gladem​. 
  • Pick up free honor wristbands to wear and a sticker "Me too... I have a story of hope to share."

10:30 a.m.   

  • Welcome and speakers: Nancy Pierce, Clinical Coordinator of Survivors of Suicide Services, Journey Mental Health Center, and Rachel Knecht, survivor of suicide loss.

11 A.M.   

  •   Reading of names and release of balloons. Walk Begins. Suggested themes for laps:
  1. Walk Lap 1 to honor a loved one you have lost to suicide.
  2. Walk Lap 2 for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and/or suicidal thoughts. 
  3. Walk Lap 3 to honor someone you know who is struggling with the loss of a loved one who died by suicide. 
  4. Walk Lap 4 to thank someone you know who works to prevent suicide. 
  5. Walk Lap 5 for yourself, to honor your struggle.
  6. Walk Lap 6 for hope, for your vision of a suicide-free community.
  7. Repeat laps as desired. 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  

  • Free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training.  Learn 3 simple steps anyone can take to save a life from suicide.  Free lunch provided for those who pre-register for this training.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Rain or shine

Portage High School Track
​305 E. Slifer Street, Portage, WI 
Parking available at middle or high school.

$10 Registration for walkers age 12 and over includes a free t-shirt designed by Kiira Metsoila, Fall River High School student and winner of our Walk for Hope T-shirt Design Contest. 

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who sponsored our fifth annual Walk for Hope on September 23, 2017.  Click on the logos of sponsors below to be directed to their websites.  To sponsor this year's event, please download the Sponsorship Pledge Form or contact us for more information.

A special Thanks to our 2017 walk for hope sponsors!

Balloons with messages for loved ones lost to suicide are released to the sky at the start of our Walk. Visit our Facebook page for more photos!

Nathan Pieper Family and Friends