June 15, 2019 11:42 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Suicide continues to claim thousands of lives each year in the U.S.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, last year more than 40,000 Americans took their own lives, making suicide the 10th leading cause of deaths in the States. Because of the growing numbers, bikers from near and far gathered in Mason City, IA to ride in support of Suicide Prevention.
"Suicide is a public health problem and the numbers keep growing and growing," said Wendy Martinez, the Ride to Fight Suicide event Chair.
Those who have been impacted by suicide committed to spreading the word about this public health concern -- and the resources that are available to help anyone that may be struggling.
"If there's anything I can do to prevent it I'll do to make people aware of it, and that's the big thing. especially when there's a hotline, and people just need help," said Marv Edelstein, a form President of a Rotary in Chicago, where he says suicide struck.
"Somebody that I know in our Rotary club, I hate to say committed suicide it sounds like it's an offense or something. Let's just say they took their life by suicide, and there's just so much of it going on," said Edelstein.
The bikers gathered at LD'S Filling Station for registration and destination tickets that mapped out each stop on their ride. Martinez said that at each stop, participants used that time to educate whoever they could about suicide and preventative resources that are available.
With this being the third year the ride has taken place, officials say they are seeing more and more bikers join the ride to help fight suicide.
Created: June 15, 2019 11:42 PM
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