Vermont Ride for the Cure Raises Over $33,000
Thanks to the 69 horseback riders who took part in October’s fifth annual Ride for the Cure and the generosity of the event’s host, the Green Mountain Horse Association, Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire has raised in excess of $33,000, bringing the Ride’s five-year total to more than $272,000.
Lois Steele Whidden, the Vermont Ride chair and three-time breast cancer survivor, pointed out the significance of local events like the Ride. “It’s important to remember that up to 75% of all of the money raised at the Ride will stay in Vermont and New Hampshire and be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining funds,” she said, “go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national and international research programs.”
Each of the ride participants committed to raise and donate a minimum of $250 with many riders going above and beyond. One, KaitLynn Jones, took top honors as the Ride’s Platinum Rider, bringing in $2400. Jones and her mount, Mickey, also took the Pinkest Pony prize for the third year in a row.
Gold Riders Christine Giddings, Anders Jensen and Samantha Walton all raised over $1,000. Marianne Busse, KateLynn Matteson, Alice Ryan and Sage Stark were Silver Riders, raising over $750 each; Bronze Riders raising over $500 each included Sara Bernard, Karen Buffum, Stef Costello, Beth Dunklee, Nancy Guild, Amy O’Brien, Amy Stark, Kylee Taylor and Brande Wood.
“I’d very much like to thank all our riders, GMHA, our incredible volunteers, corporate sponsors, and all the companies and individuals who donated door prizes and raffle items,” said Whidden. “It turned out to be a nice day, the trails were beautiful as they always are, everyone had a good time, and we raised $33,000 to help fight breast cancer. I call that a good day.”
For more information on the Vermont Ride and to learn of other local efforts to find a cure for breast cancer – the New Hampshire Ride for the Cure, Tubb’s Snowshoe Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, the Race for the Cure in Vermont and New Hampshire and more – visit komenvtnh.org.