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Rider on a mission to raise suicide awareness passes through the area

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Published: Jan. 12, 2020 at 7:10 PM CST
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He may look interesting riding down the highway with all of his equipment, but Daniel Hurd is on a mission.

"It's a 175 lbs of gear but it's everything I need," says Hurd who's been travelling alone since March of 2018 with a goal of going to every state in the continental United States.

In his almost 2-year journey Hurd has gone through 37 states, making it to Waco this past weekend.

"Most people when I tell them what I am doing they think of Forest Gump," but unlike the character from the popular movie, Hurd is traveling with a purpose.

Every mile he rides to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

"My last suicide attempt I didn't think I had any purpose left in this world and unfortunately there is a lot of people who think that," says Hurd who began riding after his third attempt at suicide.

Since then he has started his non-profit "One Pedal at a Time," which is dedicated to helping suicide prevention.

"Everyday is a blessing," says Hurd.

"I never expected to be able to help other people, when I started this it was for myself... so it's a blessing everyday," he says.

If you are interested in helping Hurd reach his goal in suicide prevention his website is www.opaatmovement.com.

If you are experiencing any suicidal thoughts or feel like you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

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