The Columbia lakefront will host a suicide prevention community walk on Saturday, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The event, which starts with registration at 9 a.m., will take place between Clyde's and the Rouse Company building.

The 2.5-mile "Out of Darkness Community Walk" will start at 10 a.m. and be led by former New York Jets player Tavon Mason.

According to the AFSP, 38,000 people died in 2010 as a result of suicide, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.


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"It is a major issue in our community and attention needs to be brought toward it," Maryland AFSP Chair Amanda Ganoe said.

Ganoe said the event, which also features speakers and a raffle, will bring together hundreds of people who have been affected by suicide or have battled depression.

Ganoe added that half the proceeds from the walk will go toward research and the other half toward funding local education, awareness and survivor programs.

This year is the third year the walk will be in Howard County, and the first on the Columbia lakefront. Previously the event was held at Howard Community College.