Suicide prevention ride in McLean County

By Beau Ebenezer

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Following large cuts in state funding to human service programs, one heart of Illinois agency is taking matters into its own hands.

The Crisis Center's 2nd Annual Brad's Ride to Freedom took off Saturday raising money for suicide prevention.

The ride is dedicated to Brad Alexander who took his own life three years ago.

The registration fee was $10.

Last year, the event raised $4,000 for the Crisis Team.

Family and friends looked to bring in more.

"It real close to home and it feels really good to give back and hopefully we can save a life," said Brad's brother, Bart Alexander.

"It's emotional, but very heart-wrenching and meaningful. The funds here help to go to other children who have committed suicide and prevent the suicide," said Janet Emerton, a mother who lost her son to suicide also.

The ride started at the Western Tap in Bloomington, and ended at East Lawn Cemetery where Brad's remains are buried.

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