The walk began at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval with an invocation by Rev. Richard Stone and a special performance by the Saranac Lake High School Chorus. Walkers proceeded around the oval and then on a loop through the village around Mirror Lake.
Among the hundreds present, youth were well-represented. Hundreds of students from North Country Community College, Paul Smith's College, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Saranac and Brushton-Moira high schools were among those in attendance.
Also present were Lake Placid mayor Craig Randall, and State Sen. Elizabeth Little, who praised the strong showing by teens.
"To have those people stand with us and publically say that this was a very meaningful thing to do; it really meant a lot," said Jerdo.
The walk was one of 190 similar events being held throughout the country this fall. Jerdo said the money supports initiatives like a film on teen depression released this spring that is already being put to use in Saranac Lake schools.
"The goal is to get it into every school in the whole area," she said.
Tax-deductible donations for AFSP can still be given by visiting outofthedarkness.org or by mailing a check made out to AFSP, 120 Wall St. 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10005 Attn: Community Walks.