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Vet bikes 235 miles to raise awareness about military suicides

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Riding a bike for more than 200 miles while wearing a gas mask, a veteran set out to raise awareness about an important cause. Riding a bike for more than 200 miles while wearing a gas mask, a veteran set out to raise awareness about an important cause.
Dibernardo partnered with Active Heroes Dibernardo partnered with Active Heroes
Army veteran Marc Dibernardo Army veteran Marc Dibernardo
It took Dibernardo two days and 10 hours to finish the ride. It took Dibernardo two days and 10 hours to finish the ride.
Troy Yokum Troy Yokum

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Riding a bike for more than 200 miles while wearing a gas mask, a veteran set out to raise awareness about an important cause.

"I got some looks yesterday of why am I even out in this weather, but you know it's all worth it," said Army veteran Marc Dibernardo.

Despite the brutal winds, rain and snow nothing stopped him from making it to the finish line at Buffalo Trace Distillery. "Good to finally make it and this was all worth it," said Dibernardo.

He did it with a fellow friend by his side, a fallen solider's memory pushed him the entire way.

"I'm riding for Army Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Robertson," said Dibernardo. "To me the gas mask represents the last breath a fallen solider takes, which is basically a gasp for freedom," said Dibernardo. 

Dibernardo partnered with Active Heroes as they hope to win the Eagle Rare award, which honors those who lead rare lives.

"I have worked with several non profits, there are great non profits out there, but this one is one I know for sure they are going to help our veterans with PTSD, to stop suicide, that's our biggest killer right now," said Dibernardo. 

Active Heroes wants to help military families cope with the stress of returning home. It is in the process of building a retreat in Shepherdsville.

"If he can make it here, maybe we can make an impact in this contest, maybe he could help show and really make an impact on military families across America as well," said Troy Yokum, Active Heroes founder. 

It took Dibernardo two days and 10 hours to finish the ride. 

You can help him win the Eagle Rare award,  portion of the contest is based on votes. You can vote once a day up until January 7. The winner gets $40,000 for the charity they represent.

To vote for Dibernardo click, here.

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