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It's Time to Ride for the Cure! by Taylor Wesley Horse enthusiasts and breast cancer survivors will bring the fight against breast cancer to the horse riding trails on Saturday, May 19 at Rusty's Walnut Creek Ranch for the 2nd annual Komen Austin Ride for the Cure.
Terri Deaton, Ride for the Cure Chair, knows this event is more than a signature fundraiser for the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, it's an opportunity to reach an underserved demographic in Central Texas.
"The rural lifestyle has been hit hard these past few years and many farmers, ranchers and horse businesses have found themselves with little to no insurance," said Deaton. "The thought that a wife, mother, sister or daughter would put off getting a mammogram because she didn't have insurance, or felt a lump but couldn't afford the gas to have it checked out scares me."
In May 2011, more than 50 individuals gathered for the inaugural ride and raised more than $23,500 to help fund breast cancer screening, education and medical services as well as financial and emotional support. In fact, up to 75 percent of the money raised is put to work in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson counties to improve the lives of those affected by this deadly disease. The remaining funds go to national research to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all.
Every participant rides for a special reason including first year participate Jessie Lake from Evant, TX.
"As a young woman I'm thrilled to finally find a way to help raise awareness while doing something I love," said Lake. "I know breast cancer knows no race, doesn't care how you live or about the lives it destroys."
Regardless of the source of inspiration, riders across Texas will unite once more to raise awareness and funds to support local breast cancer programs funded by the Austin Affiliate. To register or donate, visit www.komenaustin.org/ride or call 512-473-0900.
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