As many of you know, I had a stroke and blood clot in my brain that almost cost me my life last year. So I have gotten back into cycling. Of great encouragement is my friend Bill Taitano who we nicknamed Mr Century, as he rides so many 100 mile races.
BIll has also faced several major health challenges having a pacemaker installed in his heart last year. Yet, he has overcome these by the grace of God, and good medical support and will ride the Race Across America this upcoming June, in honor of his late daughter and son-in-law who died in a murder suicide some time back. Bill has a message of hope and healing for people considering suicide, or those affected by it. His bicycle and faith in God have given him a second lease on life, and at age 72, he still rides strong.
In order to do this https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/ they need support for a 22 member team. 4 riders, plus vans, accomodation, video team, etc. that will attempt this grueling journey to raise support and awareness of the need for suicide intervention.
January 14, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to learn about an issue that is quietly taking so many of our loved ones right before our eyes, Suicide. Nationally Suicide is among the tenth leading causes of death in the United States and is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. Twenty-two veterans per day make the heartbreaking choice to end their life by suicide. In 2017, more first responders (Police and Firemen) took their own lives than died in the line of duty. From 2007 to 2017 suicide is up 56% among those age 10-24. One in four adults live with a significant mental health challenge, including severe depression. In total 47,000 Americans per year end their lives at their own hands. If you are riding on an elevator with three other people, statistically one of those with you may be suffering in silence.
Captains Eric Gomez and Bill Taitano and their twenty-two-person team invite you to become a sponsor for our inaugural participation in the world renowned 2020 Race Across America (RAAM) competition. Their team, “Team Suicide Prevention”, will participate in the 2020 RAAM competition and will raise awareness and funds for organizations including The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention through their participation. Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement like the European Grand Cycling Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro de Italia) but the greater sporting community as well.
RAAM is not a stage race, RAAM is one continual stage, once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line. Racers must cycle 3000 miles, night and day, across 12 states, and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Team racers are granted a maximum of nine days to complete the course. Our journey will be documented in film and many whose lives have been changed forever will be featured in the documentary release. The 2020 RAAM will begin on June 20, 2020 and will include racers from at least 20 countries as they race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. The primary source of funding for “Team Suicide Prevention” is from corporate sponsors, such as you. It is for this reason that we are asking for your support us as we Race To Save Lives.
We are racing to save lives! Our team is made up of medical professionals, former policy makers, retired executives, first responders, disabled veterans, fathers, daughters, mothers and sons, whose lives have been significantly altered by suicide or have close ties to those who have. We are racing in the toughest endurance races to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health issues. We have partnered with key organizations who are “on the front lines and in the trenches,” in our Race to Save Lives. These organizations, The American Foundations for Suicide Prevention, Hope Is Oxygen, The Coffee Bunker, The Mental Health Association of Oklahoma are standing with us and will be the recipients of our efforts. We are working proudly with these organizations to produce a feature documentary production that will be viewed by millions in theaters, film festivals, streaming platforms, schools, civic and social groups.
Team Suicide Prevention is proud to partner with the following organizations:
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to act against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
Hope is Oxygen is an organization founded by Linda Pulver of Tulsa, Oklahoma that works with families whose lives are forever altered by suicide. Statistically suicide can “cluster” and the Boxes of Hope that are distributed immediately after a family loses a loved one have had profound impacts to those who are in the wake of a suicide.
The Coffee Bunker is an organization that offers a place where veterans can make connections with other veteran, representatives from other veteran organizations, resource people related to employment and education, and others who can facilitate transition to civilian life.
The Mental Health Association of Oklahoma is a statewide agency whose work is dedicated to promoting mental health and the equity of access to mental health care through advocacy, education, research, service, and housing.
Your sponsorship will help ensure the success of “Team Suicide Prevention”. Enclosed you will find more information about this exciting race of our sponsorship levels. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We will be making follow-up calls in the coming weeks and hope that we can count on your support.
Eric Gomez and Bill Taitano
TSP Team Captains
I/We (Sponsor) would like to help “Team Suicide Prevention” by co-sponsoring their June 20 -29, 2020 annual event to help prevent suicide across this nation as indicated below:
Presenting Sponsor- Naming rights to team and Executive Producer credit in documentary feature in addition to all items below;
Sponsorship Levels Sponsor Will Receive:
|PLATINUM||1. Your business highlighted in TSP 2020 RAAM Documentary “Special Features” section (on air interviews required),
2. Your business name or logo included in all team related promotional materials (water bottles, arm bands, and crew car graphics) and items below.
|GOLD||1. Listing on TSP 2020 RAAM Documentary credits,
2.Your business name and/or logo included on all race E-blasts to team supporters,
3. Your business name and/or logo on TSP’s social media sites for balance of year 2020 with a link to your website,
4. And items below.
|SILVER||1. Your business name and/or logo on team’s promotional posters & fliers,
2. Distribution of your business info at the pre-race dinner (keepsake brochure, giveaway items) pending approval,
3. And items below.
|BRONZE||Honorable mention in pre-race dinner booklet and on table tents. Complimentary tickets to pre-race dinner and reception.
And items below
|Participant||Mention on various media and film credits|
I (Sponsor) have enclosed an amount of $_____________________ to help sponsor the June 20 -29, 2020 “Team Suicide Prevent” as they compete in the 2020 Race Across America
Please submit your Sponsorship donation by November 1, 2019. Make checks payable to “Air Assurance Team Suicide Prevention” mail to 7107 S Yale box 405, Tulsa, OK 74136. On the memo line of your check, please note: “2020 TSP RAAM Race”. Air Assurance Racing is a 501c-3 organization EIN 80-0564645
We know that sponsorship benefits above are not the reason for your generous contribution. However, in appreciation for supporting “Team Suicide Prevention”, your business will be included in team advertising as indicated above. For any reason beyond our control, we reserve the right to substitute advertising mentioned above with equal or additional advertising.
Thank you very much for helping “Team Suicide Prevention”!