Saxtons River breast cancer survivor raises funds for Ride for the Cure

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – The 7th annual Vermont Ride for the Cure will be on Monday, Oct. 9 at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Vt. Ride for the Cure is a six or nine-mile horseback fundraising ride benefitting Susan G. Komen New England. To date, the ride has netted more than $296,500.

Over the past seven years, Lois Steele Whidden of Saxtons River, Vt., a three-time breast cancer survivor, has participated in the Vermont Ride for the Cure. Whidden is also the chair of the event. Whidden says she chairs the event because “in 2009, I did the Massachusetts Ride for the Cure and was so inspired I wanted to do this event in Vermont. I am a breast cancer survivor and a trail rider, and it seemed fitting to help people in my own state. The Vermont Ride for the Cure means a lot to me – it’s not only about finding a cure, but about the people that ride, the sponsors and donors, and all that make it happen. Many folks have been affected by breast cancer and we can all come together for the common cause of helping to end it. I love the camaraderie of all the ‘horse’ people that make this event what it is, along with being another event for the affiliate.”

“Everyone’s there for a good time, sure, but I’d guess that everyone involved has also been touched by breast cancer one way or another, whether they’re survivors, like me, or the mothers, daughters, aunts, or friends of someone who’s in treatment now or already lost the battle. We ride to honor them all, and to raise money to continue the fight.”

For more information on the Ride, registration, or donations visit KomenNewEngland.org.

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