15th annual NAMI walk brings out SWLA community - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

15th annual NAMI walk brings out SWLA community

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Early Saturday morning, organizers kicked off the 15th annual NAMI walk with a ribbon cutting. 

Around 400 walkers were out raising money and awareness for mental health here in Southwest Louisiana. 

Lolita Ceaser, executive director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwest Louisiana, said Saturday's walk is all about helping to educate, advocate and support the community. 

"Mental illness is just like another sickness," said Ceaser. "It's no different." 

Ceaser said the goal of NAMI Southwest Louisiana is to raise $75,000, with all of that money staying here in the area. She says those who didn't attend the walk can still help donate to this cause. 

"We want to ask the community to join the movement," she said. "We still have six weeks left after the walk to raise funds, so we still have time." 

If you would like to donate, click HERE.

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