Van Eure, a Walk for Hope organizer, said the event was created by Angus Barn employees to honor her father after his death.
The event started as a walk of 130 people and has turned into a 5K and festival with over 3,000 participants.
"We started with a walk from Angus Barn to 42nd Street Oyster Bar, then it turned into a 10K, and now we've decreased it to a 5K and festival," Eure said. "We wanted there to be no reason why someone couldn't come."
Sunday's 5K walk and run started with a prayer, national anthem and pigeon release at the Angus Barn at 10 a.m. and was followed by a festival.
Jack Cantando, age 10, told WRAL Walk for Hope is a tradition for his family.
"It makes me feel great...I know a lot of people with mental illness, and I want to make sure other people don't get it," he said.
Eure was excited about the turnout. "There's a lot of stigma around mental illness, it's not publicized a lot," she said. "It makes me feel unbelievable [to see so many people here]. I am so proud beyond words."
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