2017 NAMI WALKS in Kent County

NAMI Walks

Our partnership with Davenport University continues and our second walk was held on their Caledonia campus.

We were off to a wet start, but by the time we had to come out from under the tents and walk around the course, it had stopped raining.  The sun even shone down on us for a while.

Despite the rain, we  had close to 500 participants this year.  We also raised more funds than last year so we are growing!

  • As Kevin Fischer, NAMI Michigan Executive Director, pointed out at the walk, 90% of funds raised at this walk stay in Michigan.
  • The other 10% goes to support the national NAMI organization which supports local affiliates all around the country.


There is much more work to be done, but we now have NAMI educational programs, support groups, and more community supports here in West Michigan. There were signs all over the Davenport University campus.

College age is a very typical age at which symptoms first appear. Our hope is that this walk is reaching more people who wouldn’t have heard about mental illness otherwise. One part of the course followed Kraft and some horns honked at the walkers. The more we all know about mental illness, the better we can help those who need to move towards recovery so they can have the lives they deserve.

If you missed it, you can still contribute.

Thank you, all who contributed to the movement!