Walk for DES   Walk For D.E.S.


1st York County WaLk for D.E.S. Suicide Awareness and Prevention 5k walk/run: May 5th 2018
Location - York County
Registration opens at 9:30am
Walk / Run starts at 11:00am

Register for the 2018 York WaLk Online!


Taking Steps Towards Hope

Walk / 5k run, Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location - Manheim Township Park in Neffsville
Registration opens at 9:30am
Walk / Run starts at 11:00am

Register for the 2018 Lancaster WaLk Online!


Taking Steps Towards Hope

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The DES Foundation Inc is available on Amazon Smile! If you sign up for Amazon Smile, choose the DES Foundation as your charity, and then shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your purchases will go to support the DES Foundation.

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WALK FOR D.E.S. is one of many ways to:

  • Honor the life of someone who died by suicide.
  • Show support to survivors of suicide.
  • Forward the cause of suicide awareness and prevention across Lancaster County and
  • Provide resources and tools aimed at preventing suicide.

Why we are walking:

Every 12.8 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide.  Nearly 1 million people make a suicide attempt every year.  In Lancaster County, approximately 50 individuals take their lives by suicide each year. Beyond the numbers, the ripple effect of suicide is staggering when viewed in the context of pain, loss and suffering to those who are left behind.


Help us lift the stigma that surrounds suicide and mental illness. Help us save lives and restore hope through awareness, prevention, and intervention.


The DES Foundation's Beginnings:

On June 6th 2011, Mark & Debbie Schantzer lost their 21 year old son to suicide. There were no signs, no warnings, and no answers. Nothing prepared them for this tragedy. Desmond’s death rocked the very core of their family’s existence and the pain they have known is beyond comprehension.  


Sitting in grief is debilitating; working through grief is healing. This is the reason Mark, Debbie and their daughter Danielle joined with community partners to create the DES Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity and to organize the Walk for D.E.S.


Our goal is to raise much needed funding to support the work of dedicated partners that are committed to raising awareness about suicide, working to prevent these tragedies, and providing grief counseling and support when heartbreak occurs.

What can you do to support this effort and bring awareness

to an issue that remains hidden until it’s too late?


Join us…by becoming a sponsor, a walker, or making a donation.


The foundation is working to fund activities supporting community-wide suicide awareness and prevention activities and to provide monetary support for individuals and families impacted by suicide.


Partnering organizations dedicated to this walk and also working to advance suicide awareness and prevention across Lancaster County include:


Pathways Center for Grief & Loss (Hospice), aevidum, Survivors of Suicide (Lancaster Chapter), One Less Thing Foundation, Mental Health America


We want to thank those in advance who have contributed more than just the registration fee!

Alejandro Rodriquez, developed the winning brochure



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