NAMIWalks Celebrates Hope

More than 4,000 people joined in NAMIWalks Minnesota on Sept. 22 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis to celebrate hope, raise awareness, and support NAMI’s programs.  Over $512,000!! was raised and funds are still being tabulated. Donations to the walk will be accepted until Nov. 22.  It was a gorgeous fall day with temps in the low 70s and lots of sunshine and the park was filled with people from all over the state.

The band Cross Current played, people perused resource tables, and kids played games. People posted leaves with mental health messages on the Tree of Hope, teams had their photos taken and armchair chefs prepared picnic lunches.  KARE 11’s Bryan Piatt emceed again this year and Cigna and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota were top sponsors.

NAMIWalks is a very inspiring event with everyone walking side-by-side and many realizing for the first time they are not alone.There were over 250 walk teams this year. Thanks to all of the team captains and to everyone who joined in to make NAMIWalks 2018 such a terrific and tremendously successful event.  Find some Walk photos. More Walk photos, here.