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Your Healthy Family: Come race the law, win prizes and help teens

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Race a cop for teen suicide prevention in Colorado Springs on Saturday Nov. 11th Race a cop for teen suicide prevention in Colorado Springs on Saturday Nov. 11th

In our last Your Healthy Family story, we told you about the Race for Hope fundraiser happening tomorrow morning (Saturday November 11th, 2017) at Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs and how it came together.

This fundraiser will help in the fight against the troubling and serious problem of teen suicide prevention and mental health in our community.  While the cause is sobering, the event will be a whole lot of fun.

Lieutenant Lori Harrell, with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office explains, “There's going to be 2 law enforcement personnel in some sort of uniform, from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police Department, racing against community members in these high speed go karts and we're not going to be given tickets for racing. The fastest racers through the day will then have the chance to race against Chief Pete Carey and Sheriff Bill Elder.

Besides not wanting to be beaten by a civilian, Chief Carey says he doesn’t want to lose to the Sheriff.  “Winning means a whole lot to me.”

Sheriff Elder also wants to be in victory circle.  “There's a whole lot of pride resting on this, it’s the blue and grey, so we will see what happens.”

James Mundle is the store manager at Overdrive, and says Saturday morning represents a truly unique day of fun and racing.  “We have not had anything like this at Overdrive, and to hopefully bring the entire community out to get a chance to race against local law enforcement without getting a ticket, you just can't you can't do that anywhere else.  It's not just about donating it's about getting the kids out and having fun, and getting a lot of information about how to prevent teen suicide, whether it's in kids or in families or friends that you’re close with.”

Sheriff Elder and Chief Carey are behind this event because of the public private partnership it represents to take on such an important issue facing the communities they serve.  Sheriff Elder says, “I really want to encourage the public to come out.  If you can't drive, you can still participate and help.  There's going to be a car there that we're going to try to fill with cash.”

David Perkins, the President of Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs will be making every dollar raised count even more.  “People can bring out cash donations and fill up our vehicle with cash, and all the funds that are raised between that between the races that are happening, that Overdrive is donating Perkins Motors is going to be matching that up to ten thousand dollars.  Our goal is to drive enough traffic and bring enough people out that we hit that mark.”

Lieutenant Harrell also says there will be door prize tickets for sale, with some amazing items up for grabs.  “The grand prize for that is going to be 2 Broncos tickets, 50 yard line, 10th row, 1st section for the New England Patriots game.”w

All money raised goes to Mayfield Counseling who's focused on teen suicide prevention in El Paso County and Academy School District 20 specifically.  As a non-profit fundraisers like this and donations from the community allow them to directly help more teens and families in need in different ways.

Dr. Mark Mayfield says, “We can bring the community together and use these funds.  They allow us to defer the cost for a client if they need it, we have a process they can go through for a scholarship.  If we have that set money set aside and designated for it, then that allows them quick access to mental health.  We also would love to set up a 24/7 consultation line for people that are in need.  We don't want to call it a crisis line because if you're in crisis you should be calling 9-1-1, or going to the hospital.  But for people that are going through a situation, like a child is acting up they don't know what to do in the moment.  The hope is to have a 24 four hour line where they can pick up the phone and talk to a counselor.”

Lieutenant Harrell got the ball rolling with the idea, Overdrive Race Way, The Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Springs Police Department, Perkins Motors, Safe2tell Colorado, and Mayfield Counseling are all pulling together to support the event tomorrow and help our kids.  All they need know is your help by showing up and doing your part.

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