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.

November 10th, 2017: #Ride4 Rick Lewis (by Debra Hale)

Tell us about them…

Rick was an enthusiast for helping others, a big brawny looking guy, he was really a teddy bear with a huge heart . Being a father and raising his two oldest sons was an important part of his life, but in the two years that I knew Rick, the most important thing in his life was his youngest son Ricky, he was 7 when Rick passed. Rick was a wonderful storyteller, who could captivate an audience with his tales. What I remember most about our time together was that it was effortless and full of acceptance. From the moment he came into my life I could not recall what it was like without him. I cannot be any more grateful that my last words to him were that I loved him. I learned to be as open and honest as I can in my relationships with others because of this. You just never know.

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

Depression and mental health issues are far more widespread than I ever realized. There were so many people who shared their stories with me after his passing. Too many people share these stories, and yet the conversations are not happening soon enough to make a difference.

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

Rick golfed and only hit Nike golf balls, I dont expect you to locate any golf balls but the Nike symbol will do :)

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

He brought me two CD’s with wonderful old love songs redone by Rod Stewart, the great american songbook.”Time after Time” had a great line in it “lucky to be loving you” . it will always remind me of him.

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