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Ride for Life: Plainfield Man's Bike Trek to Raise Suicide Awareness

David Kizorek will ride from Plainfield to Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin, to promote suicide awareness and raise money to help those struggling with depression.

Kizorek will ride in honor of his late mother-in-law, Janet Gould, who lost her battle with depression last October. Credit: Submitted photo
Kizorek will ride in honor of his late mother-in-law, Janet Gould, who lost her battle with depression last October. Credit: Submitted photo
A year ago, Janet Gould lost her battle with depression.

The beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, who had recently moved to the Plainfield area, took her own life in October 2012.

Now, her son-in-law is honoring her memory — and working to erase the stigma of depression and help those who might be considering suicide.

"If I can help one person and make people more aware of the situation with depression," it will be worth it, said Plainfield native David Kizorek, who plans to make the roughly 400-mile trek from Plainfield to a family cabin in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

Along the way, he hopes to raise $2,000 for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), an organization dedicated to providing resources for people suffering from depression, and to families coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Kizorek, who hopes to make the trip over four days starting June 1, 2014, said he wanted to do something to honor Gould while helping others.

"I was trying to figure out a way to honor her memory," he said. "We also have a lot of friends that suffer from depression. I knew it had to be something big to get people's attention and awareness."

Kizorek wrote, "Janet loved everyone and was loved by everyone that knew her. It was not one item that triggered her depression or something that happened overnight. Yet a slow process that saw a beautiful, smart, loving and caring person slowly withdraw from sight, rarely coming out of her room, even to visit with her closest family," he said. "In the end, she gave no signs of what she was contemplating and left no notes ...  I wanted to find a way to honor her memory and help others that are battling this illness. After researching many organizations, I found SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). They are a great organization that helps those individuals struggling with depression and those that may have lost a loved one to suicide."

After getting back into cycling, Kizorek said he decided to make his fundraiser a bike trip.

"I started bike riding again about a year ago," he said. "I've done century rides before," so the trip seemed to be a perfect fit.

Kizorek said he hopes to ride about 80 miles per day, arriving at his destination by June 5. Kizorek has set up a fundraiser page on the SAVE website. 

Click here to view Kizorek's site and make a donation. 

In addition to the fundraiser website, Kizorek said he also plans to set up a site that will allow people to follow his progress on his journey to Wisconsin.

Check back with Patch this spring for updates on Kizorek's trip.

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If you are or someone you know is considering suicide, seek help. For more information, visit the Suicide Prevention Services of America website.

CL November 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
As a chronic sufferer, bless you for doing this. I'm sorry you lost your loved one. I'd donate, but have been living off my savings for several years since it stopped my ability to work. The stigma depression has is mostly from people who are afraid it may happen to them some day. I was one of those, forever ago. Sufferers have to FIGHT... supporters, your help is likely more valued than you realize. It took me too long to mention and about ten different tries previously, but finally discovered meds that actually do help. Best wishes on your trip and to all those who personally experience depression and its related problems.
Nicole November 08, 2013 at 09:03 AM
God bless
Theresa Reener November 08, 2013 at 02:51 PM
God bless and be safe
Joann Flannery November 08, 2013 at 03:14 PM
My son took his life on April 25, 2007. I praise you for your desire to help the depressed/ suicidal loved ones. The pain and suffering is horrible I feel everyday without him, but I know it doesn't even compare to what he must of felt prior to his death. Thank you so much for helping those who suffer with those feelings. I love you and miss you Steve!! Stephen John Taylor 7/4/81 - 4/25/07

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