McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
What started as an experiment has turned into a flourishing annual event that is changing the conversation about mental illness. Mac Dorris founded The Ride for Mental Health to support McLean, but also to pay tribute to his son Eric, who died at age 21 in 2016 and who had struggled with mental illness.
The 2019 Ride is scheduled for June 22-23 in New Paltz, New York. Cyclists can choose courses of 14, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles through the gorgeous terrain of the Hudson Valley to support McLean. Early registrants are also invited to dinner in the Mohonk Preserve, with entertainment and guest speakers.
“Mac has done a tremendous job working to reduce the stigma of mental illness through this event,” said Lori Etringer, MBA, McLean’s chief development officer, who has participated since the event’s creation in 2017. “It is a fantastic event and I encourage the McLean community to join me in June.”
Etringer is creating “Team McLean,” and as team captain, she hopes to inspire others to ride along with her. Riders of all abilities are welcome, and the variety of course terrain and length appeal to both recreational and serious cyclists. For those who don’t ride, joining “Team McLean” as an event volunteer is a great option.