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 29, 2017: #Ride4 Colton McBride (by Julie Mankins)

Tell us about them…

Colton was a very spirited person, he had the ability to wrap just about anyone he met around his little finger.He was also quiet the sports fanatic, he could give you the stats on pretty much any game. I loved to listen to him give me the play by play run down. He also could have a hot temper, but would be the first one to stick up for the people he loved and cared about. Colton was also an animal lover, when i look through photos he almost always had a puppy or something in his arms. He was my son and I miss him very much every day.

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

People always say what they would do but the truth is you really don’t know what you would do till you are faced with it. I have learned a lot since Colton passed, not that it would have changed anything, but I feel like I maybe understand more what he was dealing with. His passing has really made it real, it dosen’t just happen to someone else, and its a hurt I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Thats why my family started the Colton McBride memorial, to hopefully bring awareness about suicide and depression, to maybe help other people dealing with the same thing.

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

Free Falling by Tom Petty or “on a Cloud” by Cross

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