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NAMI Walk

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Hundreds of walkers gathered in South Austin Saturday morning, hoping to raise awareness of mental illness.

It was the 7th annual NAMI Walk, put on by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Austin. Organizers said they raised well over $240,000, and all the money will go toward mental health services, education and support groups in the Austin area.

One in four people will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, and NAMI workers and volunteers wanted to spread a message to those who participated in the walk.

"I want them to take with them the sense of hope, resilience, possibility, and the absolute promise that NAMI Austin is here to support and encourage and help educate all those of us who face mental illness in our lifetime," said Adrienne Kennedy, with NAMI Austin.

FOX 7's own Keri Bellacosa was the host for the event. Organizers said now that the walk is over, it's time to start planning for next year.

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