In memory of Peyton Rumachik ’18, a brother of the Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) fraternity at the University who lost his life to suicide this past June, the brothers of KDR participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Harrisburg Pa. on Sept. 8.
Members of the fraternity were deeply saddened by the loss of Rumachik and wanted to support both Rumachik’s family and suicide awareness. The brothers participated as part of “PeytonItForward,” a movement inspired by Rumachik and his belief in “‘paying it forward’ and extending kindness and love to all individuals,” according to a Facebook post by his family.
Forty-four brothers participated in the Harrisburg Community Walk, which raised over $99,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
“Seeing everyone there to support Peyton’s family and each other was such a meaningful experience. All the brothers dropped their plans to attend the walk, which is what Peyton did so many times for each one of us if we needed someone to talk to. So many people are united by this cause, and to walk together made everyone feel like we are not alone in our feelings,” Matt Geiger ’18 said.