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 10th, 2017: #Ride4 Andrew Pillow (by Sondie Stogsdill)
Tell us about them…
Andrew Pillow - an incredible young man, whose life was cut way too short!
Andrew was the poster child for Most Likely to Succeed - brilliant young man - wise beyond his years; great athlete - b-ball was HIS sport; witty and goofy sense of humor - always open for laughter at his expense; young man with great manners - always, yes ma’am and yes sir with respect for the “older” generation; appreciation for the 70s and 80s music genre - old soul in a young body!
My husband and I went to church with Andrew and his family. We spent several years at youth camp at Falls Creek with Andrew. My husband was a counselor and I was the “cook” for our group of students. My fondest memories of Andrew are him singing (I have a great video to share), acting goofy, loving on others, and telling me how much he loved my cooking!
He was an awesome young man with great parents (Debbie and Perry) and beautiful and talented sisters (Marilyn and Jacquelyn). My youngest daughter, Bailey and his youngest sister Jacquelyn are best friends and both have that silly humor that Andrew had - glad he passed it down in the Pillow family.
Andrew’s life was cut short, but he made a difference while he was here - he loved Jesus and was a Christ follower and encouraged others to do and be the same. Andrew, we love and miss you and know that we will laugh again with you in Heaven.
Thank you Lord that we know that we will recognize and laugh again with those who have gone before us!
How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?
You never know what people are going through. Take time to listen and be aware of people’s actions - sometimes the slightest deviation from the “norm” can be a cry for help.
A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?
Stop alongside the road, get off your bikes and lock arms around each other and sing in harmony together to American Pie!
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