PAIN TO POWER of Maine is an organization that provides suicide awareness and support to our communities in Maine. We hold fundraising events to help affected individuals and their families in their time of grief and need.
how this started
The story that needs to be told
My name is Nick Danforth and I am currently 35 years old. I have 3 sons, a beautiful family and I lost my father to suicide on August 30, 2015.
I will never forget the pain it brought upon myself, the feeling of loss it brought my family and the emptiness that filled my heart. It was a year of emotional mess. After going through all the pain and realizing that its not healthy and not what my father would have wanted for me to do, I decided to turn my pain to power.
I will never forget the pain it brought upon myself, the feeling of loss it brought my family and the emptiness that filled my heart. It was a year of unbearable pain and feelings of being lost. After going through all the pain and realizing that its not healthy and not what my father would have wanted for me to do I decided to turn my pain to power… and THAT is where this cause became my power.
The sad truth
People commit suicide each year
Die by firearms
Suicides are completed by men
annual ride for suicide prevention
What we have done
PAIN TO POWER of Maine’s annual “Ride For Suicide” fundraising event helps those affected by a loved one’s suicide and also helps to bring awareness to our communities. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after accidents and homicide. It’s also thought that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed teen suicide.
Our “RIDE FOR SUICIDE” program has donated thousands of dollars to help families of suicide victims. We have been there ourselves and know first-hand the emotional, mental and physical toll this tragic event can have on family members lives. In a way, providing this program is as therapeutic for us as it is for the families that we have helped. It also helps to us promote suicide awareness in our communities.
Click below to watch our 2020 “Ride For Suicide Awareness” video.
because we can
We can stop this
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of families affected by the suicide of a family member. You monetary donations go directly to help these families and to support future programs that Pain to Power of Maine will provide. It will also help us to further the cause of suicide awareness in our Maine communities.
To donate, please click on the button below. We thank you in advance for your generous and heart-felt donation.
Our “RIDE FOR SUICIDE” program is an amazing way to help families in their time of need while they cope with the loss of a loved-one due to this tragic and needless event. Our first year, 220 motorcyclists participated and in our second year the participation grew to 430 motorcyclists, many who have suffered this tragedy in their family as well.
If you wish to participate, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
As you can imagine, coordinating an effort such as this cannot be achieved by just one person. Volunteers are welcome to help with everything from organizing our events to assisting families dealing with the suicide of a family member. Together, we can make a difference in their lives during their time of need.
To volunteer, please contact us and we will provide you with more information.
Click on a link below to visit these external resources. These resources are not a affiliated with PAIN TO POWER OF MAINE.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Pain To Power in the local news
Riding for suicide awareness
SUN JOURNAL By Russ Dillingham
Some of the several hundred motorcycles participating in Sunday’s Ride for Suicide make their way up Center Street in Auburn. Read More
Motorists ride through Lewiston-Auburn area for “Power Suicide Awareness” event
Hundreds of motorcycles hit the streets in the Lewiston-Auburn area to spread awareness about suicide.See video here… Read More
Ride for Suicide raises awareness
NEWS CENTER MAINE
Hundreds of people gathered at the Auburn Mall Sunday to take part in the first annual Ride for Suicide. Read More
Ride for Suicide founder hopes 2nd year continues discussion
SUN JOURNALBy Kathryn Skelton
With the second anniversary of his father’s death approaching, Nick Danforth decided last summer to organize the first Ride for Suicide in just four weeks. Read More
IS GAINED TROUGH STRUGGLE
We will always remember them
Will never be forgotten
Eric A. Cole Jr.
November 28, 1988-July 13, 2018
Eric graduated from Hermon High School, class of 2007. He began his career in the military enlisting even before graduation. Upon graduation he entered the Air National Guard.
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