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2008 Backcountry Skiing Calendar Honors the Late J.T. Fielder III While Supporting Colorado Mental Health Programs

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posted: 12/20/2007

December 1, 2007



Denver, CO (Backcountry Skiing Press Release)—The Front Range Powder Factory (FRPF) is a newly formed, Colorado based, non-profit organization whose mission is to share their story of a dear friend lost to suicide in order to eradicate the stigma attached to depression and to bring a greater awareness to the warning signs, risk factors and available resources for help.

This year's calendar was created in remembrance of John Thomas Fielder III. At age 26, J.T. was a humorous, intelligent, caring, creative, and handsome young man. On March 21, 2006, J.T. made the decision to end his own life. He strapped on his skis, climbed to the top of a windy 13,000 ft. peak in his favorite backcountry skiing locale, sent his love to his sisters and his father via cell phone, and proceeded to lethally injure himself. Hours later, in the dark, he was found by Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue with the help of J.T.'s friends and family.

Members of the FRPF were frightened by the facts that J.T. felt he had no place to turn for help and by the staggering statistics in Colorado:
•Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds in Colorado, after unintentional injuries
•Colorado leads the nation in suicide AND the state ranks 33rd in the nation for state funding of mental health and last in funding for substance abuse
•In 2005, traffic related accidents in Colorado killed 662 people, whereas 795 people committed suicide

All who knew J.T. know how powder skiing and the preservation of wilderness were essential parts of his life. The 2008 FRPF Calendar hopes to inspire others to feel the healing power of powder skiing and the healing power of our wild lands. If that is not enough, as it was not for J.T., we hope to raise much needed awareness about depression and suicide so that another great person does not decide to take his or her life this year or any other!

All of the proceeds from calendar sales will fund pre-existing depression and suicide prevention programs focused on young adults in Colorado. These programs include the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, Mental Health America Colorado, the Second Wind Foundation, and other great Colorado organizations.

You can pick up your calendar at these upcoming events:

December 7, 2007, 6:00pm
First Friday Art Walk
John Fielder Gallery
833 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204
(303) 744-7979

December 7, 2007, 6:00pm
First Friday Art Walk
Kirk Norlan Gallery
4428 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212

December 8. 2007, from 10am - 4pm
Holidays on Larimer Square
In conjunction with the Kempe Center and Crested Butte
(303) 534-2367

December 16, 2007, from 3 - 5pm
Book Signing / Author Event
The Next Page Bookstore
409 Main Street #101, Frisco, CO
(970) 668-9291

For more information please visit http://www.powderfactory.com/calendar.html

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