Foundation of Hope

Sean P. Rides for Hope

7/8/2013


Raleigh native and West Des Moines resident Sean P. Keenan will participate in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) July 21-27 in support of the Foundation of Hope.

A Major in the United States Marine Corps, Sean dedicates his ride to his military brothers and sisters who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and to his mother who lost her battle with mental illness nearly six years ago. He hopes his efforts will benefit anyone who suffers from a mental illness. 

Follow along as Sean posts updates on his Facebook page about his training and fundraising efforts. 

Support Sean in his ride and make a donation by clicking here

Together, we can accomplish far more than he could ever hope to by himself. Thank you for your support, God bless and Ride On!



A Few Words from Sean:

Mental illness effects far more than the people diagnosed, it hurts the people who love them. Before my mother died, I thought about starting a foundation to help women who suffered from depression and addiction. At this time in my life, I'm not in a position to do that yet. In the meantime, I am committed to helping the great folks at the Foundation of Hope in Raleigh, N.C. 

The Foundation of Hope has raised millions of dollars for research and treatment and has been making a difference in the lives of so many for twenty-five years. Through the Foundation of Hope, I am able to honor my mother's life and give meaning to her death. Because my mother suffered from mental illness, I suffered from mental illness. She is gone, but the suffering has not stopped for those of us who love and miss her. Nobody should have to suffer as she did and what her family continues to endure.

You too, can make a difference in the lives of those who have lost hope. Follow me as I prepare for a 406 mile bike ride across the state of Iowa to support the Foundation of Hope's Bike for Hope. This will prove to be one of the biggest challenges of my life, but will pale in comparison to living with depression or any mental illness. 

 

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