2013 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk
Tommy visited Washington DC on several occasions. Click here to view those images.
The Tommy Fuss Team will never forget the Washington DC 2013 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk (click for Photo Gallery). Arriving in the middle of the first heat wave of the season it was HOT! Even walking through the night temperatures remained in the 80s. The heat was offset by the beauty of our nation’s Capital. Whether touring the city via Duck Tour or visiting the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian, we were struck by the history of our nation and all it stands for.
We gathered at the hotel Saturday afternoon for the Team’s customary send off meal, savoring the air conditioning and creature comforts. Then off to begin the 17-mile walk through the night. The opening ceremony reminded us of what we were doing and why we were walking. It was a somber time of reflection and remembering – our son, our brother and our friend – and all those we’ve lost to suicide. Our journey began at dusk proceeding to the Mall in awe of the monuments and magnificent views. Walking along the Capitol we were treated to a “virtual tour” from our teammate, a former tour guide. Around midnight we reached Union Station and to the delight of some, the sprinkers in the park provided, those who dared, relief from the heat. We were greeted by familiar faces at Midnight Snack and enjoyed light refreshments. We literally walked in a circle before heading to Georgetown for the final leg of our journey. Finishing the walk we were greeted by the luminaria – a final tribute to our loved ones lost to suicide.
This was the Tommy Fuss Team’s 7th year participating in the Overnight Walks. We’ve walked through New York City, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. When 2,000 individuals gather and walk 18 miles through the night, we are making a statement. In Washington DC we were able to make yet another statement as well. On Friday afternoon a group of 30 AFSP staff and volunteers participated in a one hour meeting with White House staff to discuss issues of mental illness and suicide prevention. We remain hopeful…
– RoseMary Fuss