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POSTED: August 4, 2012 1:30 p.m.

Local residents gathered July 27 at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center in J.F. Gregory Park to welcome two bicyclists during a pit stop in Richmond Hill on their cross-country journey.
But these two men, Thomas Brown and Zachary Chipps, aren’t just riding across the country — they’re making the trek in hopes of raising suicide awareness and promoting the healing power of self expression.
Brown and Chipps, who each lost a brother to suicide, started Revolution Inspired By Self Evolution (RISE) Phoenix and began their journey March 1 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. When they reach their stopping point in Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y., in late September, the duo will have traveled more than 7,000 miles through 21 states and 110 cities.
During the family-style dinner at the Wetlands Center, the duo met with local families and friends who also have lost someone to suicide, as well as representatives of the Coastal Suicide Prevention Alliance, Hospice Savannah and United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Read more about RISE Phoenix in the Aug. 4 edition of the News.

 

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