Indianapolis, Ind. (July 26, 2014) Cyclists reunited and embraced their loved ones after a 13 day journey around the Hoosier state.
"This journey, this mission, this ride to remember is the bridge for many between the grieving and the honoring. The closing of the gap between mourning the
losses and celebrating the lives of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Daniel Dudley who loss his brother in 2006.
910 miles later Cops Cycling for Survivors returned to Crown Hill Cemetery for their final ceremony to honor the fallen this year. They shared stories of the
unfortunate incidents that changed their lives.
"It changed who we are and brought on a level of grief that made it hard to remember how it was before or the hope of ever getting beyond it," said Dudley.
This year’s ride honored fallen IMPD Officer Rod Bradway. During the ride cyclists met with families around the state who experienced the same grief the Bradway family endured.
"We met 185 survivors around the state of Indiana. Couldn't ask for any more than that. I'm very, very pleased with how the bike ride went this year and we're
already starting planning our route for next year," said Cycling for Survivors President, Rich Crawford.
Next year will be different because the past month in Indiana has been a tough one for law enforcement with the deaths of three officers.
"It weighed heavy on our hearts this year and we couldn't help but think about those three families who right now are trying to deal with that loss of
those three officers. We hope our organization next year will be able to help them with this healing process," said Crawford.
The group had 64 riders this year and raised more than $43,000. Money raised goes to survivors and organizations aimed at helping their healing process as well as scholarships.
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