Sunday, July 19, 2015

GLMR 2015 - This Ride's for Us

Saturday brought the 2015 GLMR Ride, a ride to raise awareness and funds for mental illness. The GLMR is a small ride with fewer than 300 riders but the aid stations were well-stocked, the course was lovely, and the weather couldn't have been better. We definitely recommend adding GLMR to your ride calendar next year.

As a part of team Cycle 4 Cure, my husband Steve and I get so many chances raise money and awareness for tough diseases. Even better than that, we get to ride for people we love, encouraging them and dedicating rides and prayers to their health and wholeness.

Halfway through Saturday's GLMR ride, my teammate Zach leaned over and asked, "So, who are you riding for today?" And the answer was easy, "This one's for us."

Mental illness affects 1 in 4 Americans, many of whom fight in silence because of the stigma of mental illness. Our family story has been  dramatically affected by mental illness - we know the pain and hard, hard work of regaining mental health. Some fight daily, some fight in spurts and cycles, and some, like us, are grateful to be in a time of stability and monitoring.

Saturday was a celebration of our physical, mental, emotional, and relational health (all three hard work to be sure!). It was a time to get out into Utah's amazing countryside and revel in time together on two wheels. It was a time of gratitude for our story so far and prayer for the chapters to come.

Saturday's ride was for us.

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