LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The threat of severe weather didn't put a damper on the 8th annual NAMI Walk. Hundreds of Lake Area residents put on their walking shoes to support and raise awareness for the mentally ill. The usual route is up Shell Beach Drive, but because of the threat of rain - walkers made ten laps around the Lake Charles Civic Center.
"People have been wonderful about coming thru. We were really afraid that with the potential weather threat that it was going to reduce the amount of people we had. But we had a great turnout," said Penny Miller, NAMI Walk Chairperson.
"When we do this once a year it's a reminder to our family members how important it is to support people with mental illness," said Clarice Raichel, NAMI Executive Director.
"They deserve it. Absolutely. It's our responsibility, our obligation to help other people," said Sister Catherine Leroux - who has walked all 8 years.
This year's goal was 150-thousand dollars. 90% of all money raised stays right her in the Lake Charles community to help continue the many ongoing programs through NAMI.