RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - Some of the metro's fittest families put the pedal to the metal to raise awareness for suicide prevention in New Mexico.
Fifteen-year-old McLaren Jonas passed away in 2017. The Rio Rancho High School student had been bullied but his parents say he never reached out for help and took on the struggle alone.
Mac's parents, Crossfit Rio Rancho, and local first responders have created the McLaren Cup to honor his memory and raise awareness on suicide. It's an athletic fundraiser benefitting Breaking the Silence New Mexico.
"Suicide doesn't pick or choose anybody, everybody can suffer and what this is, is to bring out awareness for anybody and everybody," said Tim Jonas, McLaren's father.
To learn more about the You Matter movement, click here. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free support for those who are in distress and offer resources to help.