The Ride 2 Stop Suicide is about aligning forces with military veteran organizations, communities, friends and families so we can work together to reduce the stigma associated suicidal ideation and get bikes in the hands of veterans around the country.
We want to bring light to the veteran community and let them know that they are not alone but that there are many ways to feel that sense of purpose and connection to life.
Suicide is tragic for many reasons. Not only does it impact our families and friends, it also impacts our communities. Veterans are at a high risk for suicide because of the service they provide this country.
Suicide is the last resort for someone who is hopeless and helpless. Fortunately there are many opportunities to intervene before the hopelessness and helplessness becomes unbearable.
Biking is one way to combat depression, anxiety, or even PTSD. Physical activity is one of the best interventions someone can do if they’re struggling with their life, health, or wellness.
A bike is a tool which represents the momentum we must generate by pedaling and making the wheels turn. Pedaling can be hard, especially when climbing a hill, but it’s the only way to make this tool work properly so you can get from where you are to where you want to go. We must pedal to generate hope, cultivate strength, and move forward in life. Not just for ourselves, but also for our families and community.
This brings us to the action Ride 2 Stop Suicide is taking to intervene in our veteran community.
On September 11, 2021, military veteran and ultra endurance athlete Aaron Hunnel will bike 3100 miles from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD while pulling an empty trailer on his road bike. The empty trailer symbolizes those military veterans we’ve lost to suicide.
Our movement will raise $150k that will go directly to Project Echelon and be used to purchase 100 Argon 18 road bikes which will be given away on Veterans Day 2021 to our veteran organization partners.
Spreading awareness is great, but it’s not enough. We need to make a difference in our veteran communities by intervening with practical solutions. These veterans are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, neighbors, friends and coworkers.
Join our movement so together we can Ride 2 Stop Suicide.
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