For each and every one of our 54 days on the bike this Fall, the Light the Trail team will dedicate our daily progress to the memory of someone who lost their life to suicide. We will learn of, celebrate, and #Ride4 the lives of these individuals, and carry their stories with us as fuel and motivation every morning as we Light the Trail towards a future where suicide is never the choice.
One of our most important battles in the fight to find a cure for depression and to prevent suicide is overcoming the stifling stigma that surrounds the issue, which is why bringing the conversation to light is one of our main objectives. We invite you, members of the Light the Trail community, to submit to us that special friend, family member, acquaintance or loved one whom you lost to suicide so that we can honor their memory by fighting back in their name.
Open the #Ride4 form to find a short online form prompting you to share some nice stories or tidbits about the person you lost, as well as your own unique perspective on the topic of mental health, and how your understanding may have been affected by losing this person.
Every ride day on the journey we will be taking time in the mornings to read these entries together, as a group, so we are freshly inspired for the physical, emotional, and mental struggles we will face that day. We’ll also be posting these written entries (plus a photo or two of the honoree if possible) to our website blog and to our Facebook page as one way of establishing regularly occurring positive, uplifting conversation on the issue.
See the current schedule of #Ride4 honorees and their designated dates and ride locations by clicking the “Schedule” button below.