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John Byler Memorial Bike Ride

Organized by: Erin Prapas

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EVENT DATE Nov 16, 2015

THE STORY:

This October marks the fifth anniversary of Byler's death by suicide. In honor of him and what would have been his 30th birthday, Byler's family is organizing a bike ride to raise funds for his alma mater, the University of West Florida, and the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, an organization that has a long history in the research and funding of suicide prevention. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO TO AWARENESS AND RESEARCH FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

In support of Kevin Hines' Cracked Not Broken (to be held at the UWF campus, uwf.edu/crackednotbroken), we will be doing a Century Ride bicycling tour (tentative dates: November 16-18, 2015).  The 100 mile tour, composed of five 20 mile legs, will include several stops and short loop rides to promote the event and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The tour will start in Milton, FL, located about 13 miles east of the UWF campus in Pensacola, FL, head south towards the gulf beaches, looping along the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore, around Pensacola, and ending at UC Auditorium on the UWF campus in time to participate in the Cracked Not Broken event (6:30 pm EDT, 18 November, sponsored in part by the John Byler Memorial Fund). Participants are invited to ride all or part of the tour.  More details can be found on our facebook page.

Raising Funds: We are asking for your help in raising a dollar for a mile. If you would like to donate a portion or for the total trip we are grateful for anything you have to give:

$1 = 1 mile 

$5 = 5 miles

$30 = 30 miles

$60 = 60 miles

Suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. For every completed suicide, there are an estimated 25 suicide attempts. In 2013, there were just over 41,000 deaths by suicide reported, making the estimated number of attempts that year a distressing 1,025,000. This is a significant problem in our society. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are in the University of West Florida area, resources are available here. There is help. There is hope. 

John Byler was born on November 13, 1985. Byler had an infectious laugh, an insatiable quest for knowledge, a love of language, books, and films. He was quite a talker and could converse with anyone and everyone on a wide array of topics. He was completely fascninated by the world around him. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in December 2009 and began therapy and treatment. In the summer of 2010, he began learning Chinese and decided to fly to China for a field course in archaeology. The experience in China seemed to have been a significant motivator for him to go back to school and graduate from UWF. We cannot really know what happened to derail his enthusiasm for taking the next steps forward. But we know he became unhappy and refused to share his burden with anyone else, not wanting to trouble them with "his issues." He was struggling to find hope for the future and meaning in his life. In the fall of 2010, John Byler took his own life in his apartment in Pensacola. The world lost an incredible mind that day. The family and friends who knew him will forever miss his intensity for life, compassion for others, and love of knowledge. 

 

 

 

 

$2,745

 

137% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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  • The May Family

    $30

  • Hannah Thomson

    $60

  • Patty Edgerton

    $60

  • Lorann Stallones

    $200

  • Chrissy Esposito

    $10

  • Judy Heiderscheidt

    $60

  • Autumn Myers

    $20

  • Shelly and Kennedy

    $25

  • Lauren Menger

    $25

  • Nick Peters

    $25

  • Martha Denney

    $25

  • Owen Ward

    $30

  • Lucie

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mac

    $10

  • Zimmerle

    $25

  • Marilyn leff

    $50

  • Peggy Rosenkranz

    $100

  • Jonas Adler

    $25

  • L'Orange

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Mizia Family

    $25

  • Aunt Jan and Uncle Jared

    $100

  • Sarah Martinez

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Hayley Brazier

    $20

  • Lia

    $10

  • Baumgardners

    $50

  • Love Woodward

    $100

  • Millers

    $50

  • Huiyun Xiang & Hongyan Liu Family

    $100

  • Nellie and Nate Mellor

    $50

  • Future

    $100

  • Joanne and Tom

    $50

  • Beth Maloney

    $50

  • Matt and Kyle Myers

    $100

  • Mary E Willy

    $100

  • Beardslee

    $100

  • Harper Family

    $100

  • Tim and Kathy

    $100

  • Erica Borresen

    $50

  • Jackson and Libbie

    $100

  • Uncle David & Aunt Roseanne

    $100

  • Will and Diana

    $100

  • Adriana Romero

    $10

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Organized by

Erin Prapas

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Adriana Romero

Adriana Romero

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Will and Diana

Will and Diana

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Uncle David & Aunt Roseanne

Uncle David & Aunt Roseanne

DONATION: $100

May your beautiful spirit live on forever. 3 years ago

Jackson and Libbie

Jackson and Libbie

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Erica Borresen

Erica Borresen

DONATION: $50

What a lovely tribute to Byler's life and for all those who left this world too soon. By raising awareness, the silence can be broken and we can all learn how to be kinder to ourselves and each other. 3 years ago

Tim and Kathy

Tim and Kathy

DONATION: $100

For those who suffer, for their families, and for those who support them 3 years ago

Harper Family

Harper Family

DONATION: $100

In memory of all those gone to soon , especially our dearest Anne-Marie Doherty Eades. Thank you Erin Prapas and the entire Byler Family for making this happen and bringing the education and awareness so needed! Blessings, Proud Sister and Family of Anne-Marie Doherty Eades..all <3 ! 3 years ago

Beardslee

Beardslee

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Mary E Willy

Mary E Willy

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Matt and Kyle Myers

Matt and Kyle Myers

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

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