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 4, 2017: #Ride4 John Prather (by Carolyn Prather)

Tell us about them…

John was a husband and father to 3 children that he loved with all he had. He was an optician by trade but his passion was his art. He was an amazing artist.

He loved to share that with his children. He was kind and gentle and generous and compassionate towards others. He died by suicide on May 12, 1997 after a struggle with bipolar disease. He is missed daily.

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

Every day my children and I still face the repercussions of this disease. I had no idea what bipolar disease was at the time we were experiencing a change in John. Everyone chalked it up to midlife crisis. The topic of his disease and cause of death was taboo then. To be kept secret. Something to be ashamed of.

It was such a burden for his children to bear. That needs to no longer be the case. There needs to be discussion. In the open. Loud and clear.

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

When there is a beautiful sunrise or sunset we always imagine that John is the painter. Enjoy one for him and think of his children.

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

The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes by Elvis Costello

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