What is Pedaling to Stop Pushing?
Did you know that Afghanistan produces 75% of the world poppy’s production? Last year in 2013 Afghanistan produced 5.5 million kilos of heroin, which was a 36% increase from the year before. We have to realize that the entire free world is being systematically poisoned by this epidemic.
My name is Keith Dickerson, founder of the nonprofit organization Pedaling to Stop Pushing. I lost my son Garrett 5 1/2 years ago to heroin, and it changed my life forever.
Our mission at Pedaling to Stop Pushing is to educate, help, and raise awareness across the United States about heroin addiction.
First, we need to educate our young people. I don’t want to see any other parents go through the pain of losing someone they love because of bad choices. For the last 5 1/2 years I have been speaking at the St. Louis County Jail choices programs and at local high schools about this epidemic and have seen firsthand what education can do to change lives.
Second, we need to help rehabilitate the ones who have a problem with drug addiction. I believe we need to have more first response teams of doctors and nurses. They can help when someone has an overdose to detoxify the user and find a rehab center for them. Another way I want to help is to give bicycles to young people who cannot afford one. This will give them purpose and help them stay fit.
Third, to raise awareness, I am going to ride my bicycle from St. Louis to California and back starting May 2015! As I travel across the nation I’m looking for volunteers, pledgers, and sponsors to help with this cause. Specifically I am looking for bereaved parents who have lost a child to drugs and now don’t know what to do with themselves. I know all too well that feeling of not knowing what to do. This is why I have started Pedaling to Stop Pushing. It is helping with my grieving process and at the same time helping others.
This problem is way bigger than me and we need to stand together to start taking our neighborhoods and communities back from the drug dealers which I call grim reapers. There are many ways you can help. Any money received will go toward education and is 100% tax deductible. Contact us here if you would like to support our cause or donate below.
I hope to hear from you soon. Let's build a better world together.
Thank you so much to anyone who wants to help, because Wake Up America! Pedaling to Stop Pushing: the Ride for Life takes off in May 2015.
On April 30th, 1985, Garrett Tyler Dickerson was born. He grew up in a loving home. When he was still young, his parents ended up getting a divorce. As a result, he had two families that loved him very much. Garrett did well through his high school years. When he graduated from high school he got a good job at Costco and met a wonderful young woman and they fell in love. They were both doing very well. She was going to school to become a nurse and he was starting to move up the ladder at Costco and maybe going into management. By age 20, he and his girlfriend were doing well enough to become home owners. It seemed as though they were getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together. However, Garrett made a couple of bad choices that ultimately led to them breaking up. After that everything went downhill. By age 22, he had lost his girlfriend, was about to lose his house and his job, and was falling into a serious depression which eventually led him to heroin. Once Garrett's family found out he had a problem with heroin, they tried their best to help him get off the drug. Heroin is very powerful and extremely hard to get people to quit. Garrett tried his best to get clean, but wound up relapsing and died on April 8th, 2009. Since that time, his family and friends have never been the same. In remembrance of Garrett, Pedaling to Stop Pushing was founded to educate, help, and raise awareness of this epidemic so other parents don’t go through this pain.
So if you would like to help this foundation in any way, contact us here if you would like to support our cause or donate below.
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