Climb Out of the Darkness Walk

On Sunday, June 23rd, MomsFirst Deputy Project Director, Megan Walsh and MomsFirst Certified Community Health Worker, Candence Pinkard participated in the Climb Out of the Darkness Walk at Lakewood Park. They were joined by Candence’s 3 year old, Kendell.

Candence, Kendell and Megan

Candence, Kendell and Megan

The Climb Out of the Darkness Walk is a national event, founded by Postpartum Support International. The purpose and mission is to raise awareness about mental health in new families. One out of seven new mothers experience a mental health complication related to pregnancy and/or childbirth. Black women are three times more likely to experience a complication and are less likely to receive support and treatment.

Last year, the Climb Out of the Darkness Walk in Cleveland raised over $7,000, which supported the local Postpartum Support International chapter with local programming for new families experiencing mental health complications. The goal for this year’s walk was $10,000.

It was great to see several partners of MomsFirst at the walk, including Coretta Daniel from 2BNurtured and Village Pix, and Da’Na Langford and Tenisha Gaines from University Hospitals’ CenteringPregnancy program.

After completing the walk, Candence said to her daughter, “we walked for the women we serve in the MomsFirst program, women in our families, our friends and ourselves”.

Candence and Kendell completed the Climb!

Candence and Kendell completed the Climb!