Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic. If there’s someone you’d like us to #Ride4, please visit the #Ride4 page.

September 13, 2017: #Ride4 Dusty William Apple (by Melody Casey)

Tell us about them…

Dusty was my only son. Dusty was brilliant, handsome, loving to everyone, and always happy until the last 8 months of his life, always joking with everyone. Loved with his whole heart. Was attending the University of Texas in Austin. I was not able to have children & so he was adopted. I was able to be in labor & delivery room with his birth mother so he was my everything. My ex husband was abusive so Dusty & I moved back to my hometown when he was 2 yrs old then when Dusty was 7 years old I remarried & Mark had a 11 year old daughter that he had custody of. Mark & Dusty had a great relationship & Shilah was a great step-sister. They had fun with Veggie Tale song-singing, playing instruments, & lots of special times.

How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?

Mental illness is a disease just like cancer & other illnesses & needs to be addressed more. It was hard not knowing how to help Dusty since he was only 20 years old. Wish I had known more back then, 4 years ago on Dec 11th, like I do now.

A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?

Look up to the sky & thank God Dusty is with him & that he is well.

Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?

Dusty liked all kinds of music. Loved singing In church where went to Austin Ave Church of Christ in Brownwood, TX.

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