After being diagnosed with PTSD I was deeply impacted
by PTSDfoundation.org and how it was founded.
I realized I wanted to celebrate Kyle Marshall Farr and ride my motorcycle across the country and tell everyone his story along the way while raising money and awareness to support charities focused on military and first responders living with PTSD.
I will make my trek JUNE 2018 during ptsd awareness month.
Washington to Virginia
PTSDFoundation.org also known as Permission To Start Dreaming is on a mission to make a significant difference in how we respond to Veterans mental health and wellness after they return home.
The foundation wants to help them turn their struggle into strength. PTSDFoundation.org raises awareness and money to support alternative and holistic programs that work. It is with great pride the Foundation recently hosted their first Warrior PATTH retreat program for 6 combat veterans. A program that was started and proven at Bouldercrest retreat center.
PTSDFOUNDATION.ORG was founded by Washington Native Leslie Mayne, sister of American Sports Journalist on ESPN Kenny Mayne. Mayne’s story is one of a mother whose son, Kyle Farr, who served in the army. Kyle returned from Iraq in 2008 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. After some time in military hospitals, he was discharged without his family’s knowledge in January 2009. The next morning, he was found dead in a Baltimore hotel room. He was only 27 years old.
Mayne said that no one will ever know if Kyle purposefully overmedicated himself. What she does know is that her son is gone.
She has funneled her grief and anger into making a difference for soldiers returning from war with similar “invisible” afflictions so no other mother will ever be in her shoes. Her efforts have led to the inception of the Race for a Soldier Half-Marathon, Swing for a Soldier and Pull for a Soldier.
Since 2011, PTSDFOUNDATION.ORG has hosted Race for a Soldier Half Marathon and 5k, Pull for a Soldier ( a competitive trap shoot event), and the Prayer Breakfast
After creating the first Ride for Relief June of 2017 to bring awareness to PTSD and to support PTDFFoundation.org, Jeff Shepard realized he wanted to ride across the United States from Seattle, Washington to Virginia where Kyle is buried to honor the contribution Leslie has made to supporting military and first responders who live with PTSD and while creating a nationwide conversation around first responders who live with PTSD .