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.

October 3rd, 2017: #Ride4 Michael (by daughter Michelle Verranault)

Tell us about them…

My dad always put his family first, he was very hard working and had a sense of humor. He loved his animals, especially our dogs. He would sing and make our dogs dance with him.

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

I was 19 when my dad died by suicide. It shaped who I am today. I became a clinical social worker and work in the mental health field to hopefully make a difference. I volunteer with suicide prevention and awareness agencies. I’ve become more passionate and advocate for more mental health programs, awareness and to fight the stigma.

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

Whenever you see a butterfly on your journey, please pause and think of him.

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

Butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle was our song. My dad is buried with the cassette tape and I kept the lyrics.

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