Buffalo Walk

Join us on September 18, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Buffalo Walk


View our professional event photos from Mackenzie Klaiber Photography HERE.


*Pre-registered participants will no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise, and donate in advance to make your day-of event experience as safe and streamlined as possible! Be sure to read items marked UPDATE and check back for any last minute changes.

Individual walkers and small groups (2-3 people) may arrive any time! Questions/requests for your team - email here.

UPDATE: Download the detailed walk route HERE. Remember - the walk route is self-guided this year and does not launch at a set time as in years past.

Are you walking virtually?


Visit this link to listen to Audacy's EXCLUSIVE Out of the Darkness playlist this fall, to provide an inspirational soundtrack no matter where you walk to help #stopsuicide. 

Here’s how you access the AFSP Out of the Darkness station: 

  • Download the Audacy app
  • Search AFSP, click on the “AFSP Out of the Darkness” station & listen!
  • It’s be curated by our music team to be an uplifting soundtrack to support the walk
  • There are about 4 hours of songs – a mix of widely known pop, adult contemporary, rock hits

Need honor beads for your virtual walk or team gathering? Email here to arrange pickup in the Northtowns: Thurs 9/16 between 3-8pm, or Fri 9/17 between 12-7pm.

Take a photo of your walk or your team and send to us to share on our AFSP WNY Facebook page!

Follow our AFSP WNY Facebook page on walk day for messages of gratitude from AFSP leadership and a message of hope from our walk co-chair at Canalside!


Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

UPDATE: The Out of the Darkness Buffalo Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We are moving forward with plans to host the walk in-person on Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Teams and individual walkers can arrive between 8:30am-1:30pm and there will NOT be a formal Opening Ceremony.

By registering, you are joining a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.

Every dollar you raise through the Buffalo Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

Event Details                                                                                                          

Date: 09/18/2021
Location: Canalside 
Registration: 8:30 am
Event Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Missy Stolfi & Lauren Calabrese 
Contact Phone: 585-202-2783 
Contact Email: mstolfi@afsp.org


Registration & Walk FAQs

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate, but as a fundraising event we encourage you to try and solicit donations in your community!

Do we have to leave in 20 minutes?
No, there is not a set departure time for teams, just arrivals. We are using spread-out arrival times to limit crowding and lines this year.


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided. Day of, you can bring cash/check donations to the blue pop-up tent on Lloyd Street, across from the food truck.

Are we still having a basket raffle?
UPDATE: Yes, there will be baskets, community organization tables, and other activities to enjoy at your own pace. Additionally, we will offer a VIRTUAL BASKET RAFFLE for two weeks following the event! Stay tuned for more.

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

Are kids and pets allowed?
Our event is all-ages, and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome (you are responsible for them!). UPDATE: Be aware that therapy dogs will also be present at the Hope and Healing tent. Registered service animals are always welcome!

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt! If you reach $150 by Sept 18th, you can pick up your shirt at the blue pop-up tent on Lloyd Street.

Will there be food?
Local vendors Kornerstone Coffee and Queen City Foods will be set up throughout the event with portions of proceeds benefiting the Walk!


Can I get a lawn sign? We are "sold out"! We did a few rounds of sign orders over the summer and now out of stock. If you'd like flyers however, please let us know!

Where do I go when I get to Canalside?

Use the suggested parking info here and report to Lloyd Street - remember, pre-registered folks do NOT have to check in!

Where are we walking this year?
It will be a self-guided route this year along the Erie Canal Basin - maps and signage provided (subject to change). It is just under 2 miles in total. UPDATE: Download the detailed walk route HERE.

How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Buffalo Walk shows the community that your business cares about mental health and suicide prevention. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Contact Missy Stolfi for more or download a flyer HERE.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @afsp_westernNY, #TogetherToFightSuicide

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by Sept 18th and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

These easy action steps will get you started! 

In addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations on-site.

Day-of Activities

   Basket raffle, balloon animals from Pirate Pete, Hope and Healing tent, Advocacy, therapy dogs, crafts, exclusive WNY merchandise, live music from Myster Jukebox, refreshments, self-care tent, community partner tables, and more!

Myster Jukebox (Mark Valentino and Jason Drabak of Hit-N-Run, Shane Davis & Vid Cuddihy former members of Nerds Gone Wild & Davey G. of Hot Daddy Rocks) sponsored by Burke Apparel & Doc Sullivan's.

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on site to show your connection(s) to the cause. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

 Memorial Signs

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline has passed for this offer.

Teams who reach $500 raised online by Sept 6th will receive a personalized team sign at the walk.


The Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support! We are #TogetherToFightSuicide!