Horse Previews Magazine website - Posted on 06/05/2001; 2:00:00PM.

Trail Ride For The Cure, Spokane, WA

Saturday, April 28th, Trailmarkers Riding Club held their first "Trail Ride for the Cure" at Riverside State Park. Despite the rainy weather, the "pledge dollars per mile" ride/ cart drive/walk drew many men, women, teens, and children from Washington, Idaho and Montana in the fight against breast cancer. At the finish line, there was a brown bag lunch, a T-shirt, and a goody bag that included horse treats and other goodies from sponsors. Also contained in the goody bag was valuable information about cancer, breast cancer, mammography, and breast exams.

The top pledge achievers were Vicky Gish, Barb Hoffman, and Pam Rhodes. They each received personalized Camelbak, sweatshirt, and T-shirt.

The top "team" pledge achiever was "Kountry Klover Kids", and they all received personalized T-shirts.

The event featured Sacred Heart Medical Center's Women's Coach, which conducted mammograms and osteoporosis screenings. Also present were representatives from the Inland Northwest Breast Health Network, Fairchild Air Force Base Hospital, and the Women's Veteran Coordinator at the Spokane VA Medical Center who brought nursing students who checked blood pressure and glucose. Massage therapist, Laura Attaway, also joined the event giving massages for horses and humans.

After lunch, Announcer, Jodi Cook, presented the raffle of donated prize packages. The raffle prize winners were Lyn Nale, Steve Stimson, Terry Carlson, Bonnie Avery, Steve Wehmeyer, Jan Fisher, and Phyllis Zoyer.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is the 2001 "Trail Ride for the Cure" beneficiary, and will receive the approximately $12,000 raised by the event. The NBCC is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. One of the Coalition's main goals is to collaborate with the scientific community to implement new models of breast cancer research. According to the NBCC, there are 2.6 million women in this country today living with breast cancer. This year, more than 178,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 43,000 women will die. For more information about the NBCC, please call 1-800-622-2838.

Trailmarkers, a local riding club for more than eleven years, meets the second Tuesday of the month. Trailmarkers features guest speakers, conducts group rides weekdays and weekends, and helps maintain public trails. For more information about joining Trailmarkers, please contact Pat Richardson at 922-7331 or Diane Doran at 928-8112.

Gayle Wyche, the event coordinator, and Trailmarkers would like to thank the sponsors, the donors, the seventy-six volunteers, and the 148 participants who braved the rainy weather. "This has truly been a team effort which has crossed all club and community lines," said Wyche. "Thank you to everyone that has been so supportive and helpful in making this event a success."


For more pictures of the event see http://communities.msn.com/TrailRidefortheCure

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