A Drumheller woman was one of five people to walk, ride or skate 80 kilometres non-stop earlier this month for a cause.
 
Dusti Chayer took part in the inaugural Learning to Live Ultra Halften to combat service worker suicides.
 
"Firefighters, RCMP, police officers, military, EMT's, EMR's, nurses, even tow truck drivers (because) sometime's they're the first to arrive at some pretty ugly scenes as well," explained Chayer's sister, Jessi Durant-Chayer.
 
Durant-Chayer and her firefighter partner Randy Schmitz came up with the idea after a fellow firefighter and friend took his own life last winter.
 
"What's the first thing that people say when somebody near and dear to them commits suicide? I had no idea, I never knew," she pointed out. "I was really hoping that we could change what the face of suicide is."
 
"We raised $600 towards our cause. Basically, what we wanted our money to be for was to make a window open for these workers to come forward for psychiatric help or counseling," added Durant-Chayer. "If you are one of these workers and you're suffering, that you can call and get the help that you need, and you won't be turned away."
 
The August 9 event began at the intersection of Highways 21 and 564 and went east to Highway 56, north through Dalum into the valley and then back west to Drumheller.
 
They've started a Learning to Live Facebook page as well as a GoFundMe page.

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