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Walk focuses on veterans, suicide

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek VFW’s Auxiliary will be hosting a Stop22 walk event, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m., with the walk itself starting at 10 p.m.

Stop22 is a partnership between the Department of New York Veterans of Foreign Wars and Humana to increase awareness of the suicide rate of veterans. The number 22 comes from the number of veterans that commit suicide each day on average.

Registration for the walk is set at $1, and all proceeds of which will go toward the Homeless Veteran Project to assist further with the cause.

“We’re trying to spread the word because registration is one dollar and we need many one dollars for our cause,” said VFW Auxiliary President Deanna Borrello. “Our veterans march for us, now we’re asking the community to walk for them.”

The path for the walk isn’t set in stone yet, but it’s expected to be around the area of Main Street and the Village Park in Silver Creek. Borrello also said she’s extending the offer to other areas in the hopes they will also show their support for the cause.

“We’re hoping to spread it out within the township and neighboring VFWs and regions,” Borrello said. “And whoever we can get to walk with us.”

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