GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Last year, Nick Crandell, a Parachute-based US Navy veteran, lost his friend and fellow vet, Josh Rew of Silt. Nick was moved by this tragedy and decided to organize an event to help raise awareness about PTSD. Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide. Ride2Zero is a motorcycle trip from Fruita to Rifle to raise awareness for PTSD Awareness Month in June and to prevent 22 suicides every day. All bikes and automobiles are welcome.

The event is a fundraiser for Smiling Goat Ranch, a local healing center that offers therapeutic treatments to soldiers and their families at no cost. SGR uses horses, movement, environment, and a supportive community to help soldiers with PTSD, as well as autistic families, children, and adults. free of charge to persons suffering from anxiety, depression, and other associated illnesses, as well as those in recovery.

“Our vets are being failed on a regular basis on getting the resources they need to help them heal from PTSD. In turn, we are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide. Our mission is to shrink this number to zero a day by offering the resources the veterans need.”

Participation is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the ride. A Ride2Zero patch will be given to each participant, and Ride2Zero stickers will be available for purchase. During registration, Fruita’s Best Slope Coffee will give complimentary coffee and handmade doughnuts. The Rew family will be honored in a ceremony that begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 10 a.m.

The journey begins at the Vietnam War Memorial in Fruita and continues to De Beque via I70 Eastbound. Riders will depart De Beque and travel east on Highway 6 to Rifle’s Highway 13 bypass. Then continue north on Highway 13 to the Veterans Memorial Park, which is located north of Rifle at Deerfield Park.

The Suicide Prevention Team from the Grand Junction VA Hospital, Grand River Health, Western Slope Veteran’s Coalition, Celebrate Recovery/New Life Church, and Smiling Goat Ranch will all be present at a post-ride reception at Veterans Memorial Park, which will include KMTS Live Remote, Teresa’s Food Truck, a raffle for prizes, and partner information booths including the Suicide Prevention Team from the Grand Junction VA Hospital, Grand River Health, Western Slope Veteran’s Coalition, Celebrate Recovery/New Life Church

Smiling Goat Ranch provided therapeutic services to over 300 persons in 2021 and does not charge families for its services. It is recommended that participants register in advance at www.westernsloperide2zero.com. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., onsite registration will be available; kickstands will be up at 10 a.m.

Without the support of the event’s title sponsors, Casey Concrete, US Banka, and Sierra Excavating, the event would not have been feasible. Garco Customz, Alpine Bank, and Redi are silver sponsors. Columbine Ford, Charcoal Burger Drive-In, Grand Junction Harley Davidson, Idos Cycle, Tumbleweed, All-Terrain Motorcycles, Glenwood Insurance, KTM Aspen, MBK Photography, and the Green Cross are bronze sponsors. Nelson’s Auto Body, All-State Communications, Dave & Polly Malehorn, Best Slope Coffee, and Microplastics are among the local sponsors.

Smiling Goat Ranch, which opened in 2015, helps people recover via horses and interactions with other social animals, as well as movement, environment, and a supportive community. The ride’s revenues will go to Smiling Goat Ranch, which provides free therapeutic services.

“In seven years, we’ve helped hundreds of children and adults,” says co-founder Sheryl Barto. “We made a vow never to let fees hinder healing so all of our programs need to come from donations, grants, and fundraising.”

For more information please visit the link or call 970-379-1383.

www.smilinggoatranch.com