This was the scene along Parkcenter Blvd Saturday morning:
Thanks to the efforts of his friends and family, the usually taboo topic of suicide prevention has reached the mainstream in Boise. Petersen's passing has brought an important message out into the open, and the showing for Team Speedy at Saturday's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1, 3 and 5K walk was the proof in the pudding.
Several hundred people showed up for the walk to bring awareness to the complex and often overlooked topic of mental illness. While there was an excellent showing for Team Speedy, friends and loved ones for countless others came to show their support for NAMI. The walk was lively, upbeat and really came across as a celebration rather than a time of mourning. Check out nami-boise.org for more information on NAMI, or thespeedyfoundation.org to get involved with the Speedy Foundation.