April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and that means it's time to Cycle to Break the Cycle. I've been getting calls and emails for the past few months about this amazing event for kids. We have dates!

Photo by: Kekeluv
Photo by: Kekeluv

April is child abuse prevention month and we stand up as a community with our kids to spread a simple message, "It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child." The station changes direction for seven days to reach victims of abuse, and hopefully, save a life. Saturday, April 22, we Cycle to Break the Cycle of abuse.

Cycle to Break the Cycle

Cycle to Break the Cycle is a seven-day event located at The Village at Meridian. 103.5 Kissfm teams up with the community to cycle 24 hours a day to help power our message that it shouldn't hurt to be a child. The entire 103.5 Kissfm Squad will be live from the courtyard next to the fountain for 175 hours. The event is FREE and open to the public including group sign-ups. You will notice groups of friends with customized shirts supporting friends and family. This child abuse prevention event is simply, therapeutic. We need riders around the clock! Spread the word, get in groups, ride for friends/family and get ready for a week that will change you.

Where It All Started

They say that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. One girl's tragic death has motivated me to build a force of change. This innocent baby girl changed mine forever. I will never be the same man I was before that horrific night. Never.

This is a life changing event that impacted so many lives including my great team. I would like to spend an entire blog on the people behind Live For 175 later. This event WOULD NOT exist without THEM.

Live for 175 Candlelight Vigil

Staying up on the radio for seven days was the hardest thing I've ever done. You lose yourself at some point and it takes incredible discipline to stay focused. I knew after this one event in Boise that we had only scratched the surface of abuse. These seven days uncovered wounds that would be the beginning of something much larger than any of us had expected. I would go on to run 7 marathons in 7 days, stay up 8 days without sleep, fast for 7 days lifted above the city downtown, travel in a box around the Treasure Valley, and now we Cycle to Break the Cycle of abuse. There will be plenty of time to recap, but I wanted to give you a quick introduction to what this event means to me. I wanted to express how this one-week change lives right in front of your eyes. I would love for you understand me a bit more as we approach April 22.

It will be ten years the last week of April and there is a reason why I procrastinate writing these blogs. My mind is like an endless trap of emotion. Inside are over ten years of memories that I can't erase. Some are uplifting and give you hope. Unfortunately, you have to travel through the bad before you get to the great. My mind is filled with nightmares that I can't speak about. I have to shut my office door right now because the heartbreak is what fills my eyes with tears. I have been someone's shoulder, their confidential friend, sounding board, and the one person they felt comfortable telling. I can't imagine having a secret so devastating that you keep inside with nobody to tell. That would be like living in your own prison in public.

Live for 175 2016

This event is more than you could ever imagine. This is the one place where victims, survivors, and friends come to feel safe. This is one week where you can listen and realize that so many people are going through what you might. This is a phenomenal week and there's a great chance you'll need some tissue. That's okay, we all will!

What Else Do I Need to Know

There is so much more that we're about to announce and this year's message is going beyond the Treasure Valley. I'm going to burst with details, but I'll wait till Monday. So BIG! We will ride stationary bikes for 175 at the Village at Meridian. This year is going to be so much fun and there is a massive twist! I'm super excited!

Check out the links below for information on how to ride.


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