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Founded by the family and friends of Whitney Grotts, following her death by suicide in 2004, Whitney's Walk For Life was created to increase awareness about the tragedy of teen suicide. Working with local survivors, schools and mental health advocates, Whitney's Walk For Life takes proactive steps for increasing depression awareness and suicide prevention programs in the central Illinois area.

Our community has come together in order to better understand the most effective way to reduce the incidence of suicide. Since Whitney's Walk For Life began in 2004, over $1,000,000 has been raised for depression awareness and suicide prevention efforts. Numerous community organizations, local school districts, as well as thousands of individuals have walked, donated or sponsored these efforts.

Proceeds from the event help to provide the following programs in central Illinois:

Signs of Suicide – an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT technique (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell).
Youth Mental Health Matters – provides mental health education and awareness for students. Sessions vary by grade level and include a variety of topics such as anger management, conflict resolution, bullying, suicide prevention, depression, self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, trust building, addiction, coping skills & cyber-bullying. An outreach mental health counselor acts as a “safety net” for students who indicate a need for counseling. This mental health counselor works with school counselors to ensure any students who are struggling get the help they need.
Mental Health Screening – offered free of charge online through the Hult Center for Healthy Living. The online screening can be accessed at www.hulthealthy.org under the Mental Health Programs tab.
Other Programs – a portion of the net proceeds benefit other mental health programs in the community through a partnership with Community Foundation of Central Illinois.
Event Location:
Jubilee College State Park, Quail Meadow Site, 13921 W. US Route 150, Brimfield, IL
From I-74 Eastbound: Brimfield Exit #75, LEFT to US Route 150. RIGHT on US Route 150 and go 4 miles to park entrance on left.
From I-74 Westbound: Kickapoo-Edwards Exit #82, RIGHT 1.5 miles to Kickapoo. LEFT onto US Rte 150 for 4 miles to park entrance on right.
From Peoria: Take Route 150 (War Memorial Dr.) through Kickapoo. Go 4 miles to park entrance on right.

Event Schedule:

WHITNEY'S WALK CHILI COOK-OFF Brimfield American Legion1/28/2017
WHITNEY'S WALK PLANT SALE Location: 135 W Forrest Hill in Peoria Plants available include perennials, hosta, ground covers, natives, heirloom vegetables, house plants, tropical, and Mother's Day gifts! All proceeds donated to Whitney's Walk! Sponsored by Living for Lynn team.5/13/2017 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
EARRING SALES at Moss Avenue Sale Be sure to look for the Whitney's Walk earring table along the Moss Avenue Sale in Peoria! Proceeds go to Whitney's Walk! Sponsored by team Illuminate Aaron!6/10/2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brimfield Fire Department T-Shirt Pick-Up7/21/2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shoppes at Grand Prairie T-Shirt Pick-Up (center court area)7/22/2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walk Day Registration & T-Shirt Pick-Up for Runners (closes at 7:30 a.m.)7/29/2017 6:45 am - 7:30 am
Walk Day Registration & T-Shirt Pick-Up for Walkers7/29/2017 7:00 am - 7:45 am
Whitney's Walk for Life 5K Run7/29/2017 7:55 am - 9:00 am
Whitney's Walk for Life7/29/2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Fees:
Adult Walker: $25.00
Ages 13 and up who will walk at event

Adult Runner: $25.00
Ages 13 and up who will run at the event

Child Walker: $15.00
Ages 12 and under who will walk at event

Child Runner: $15.00
Ages 12 and under who will run at the event

Rewards:

  
Team Level
Gold Level ($2,000.00 + ) 
Highest recognition level for teams consisting of at least five (5) members that raise a minimum of $2,000 in team registration fees and donations.
   Rewards: Team Board - Listing on Team Board that will be viewed on Walk Day

Silver Level ($1,000.00 - $1,999.00) 
Second recognition level for teams consisting of at least five (5) members that raise a minimum of $1,000 in team registration fees and donations.
   Rewards: Team Board - Listing on Team Board that will be viewed on Walk Day

Bronze Level ($500.00 - $999.00) 
First recognition level for teams consisting of at least five (5) members that raise a minimum of $500 in team registration fees and donations.
   Rewards: Team Board - Listing on Team Board that will be viewed on Walk Day

  
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