Ride Together for a Cure
By Debbie Metzger

I am a member of the Cowboy Capital Trail Riders Association (CCTRA), based out of Bandera, Texas.

Everybody has a story; from bedtime, rags to riches, tragedy, and fairytale. Mine is Cancer.

My dad died of lymphoma in June 2012. Mother's Day 2012 is etched in my memory forever as one month later, my beloved father would succumb to this deadly disease. Dad on feeble legs, but with a strong mind, wanted to celebrate the day with my sister and me. A big breakfast was made in honor of this special day as mothers and a grandfather. We felt like queens for the day as we were our dad's little girls.

The more I spoke to folks the more I realized how many lives have been, and are currently being altered by various types of cancer. Cancers I never knew had a name. From my father-in-law with prostate cancer; my grandson's babysitter, who is a survivor of breast cancer; a friend's mom passed away from pancreatic cancer, and the postal worker with a family history of gastric cancer. Everyone has a story of someone they know who has either passed away from cancer, is battling cancer, or who has defeated cancer.

I wanted to come up with a ride for the cure...not to battle just breast cancer, but bring awareness to all cancers. There have been many rides to cure breast cancer, with all of the riders wearing pink, which is the color for breast cancer. I thought riders could wear the cancer color that has affected their life in some way. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. How great that would be to see riders wearing a rainbow of colors in honor of their friends and family!

Cancer Ribbon Chart

CCTRA loved the idea and some members shared their stories and told of the impact cancer has had on their lives. Personal tragedy was turned to passion as we moved forward as a club to make this ride a reality. We contacted the American Cancer Society who has embraced the idea with excitement and gusto.

The trail ride will take place the weekend of October 25-27 in Tarpley, Texas hosted by the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department. Camp opens at 3:00 pm on October 25, and there will be a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 pm. Saturday, October 26 starts out with a 7:00 am Cattle Call and 7:30 am Breakfast. The ride will depart at 8:30 am with breaks and lunch on the trail. At 6:30 pm there will be a Dinner and Silent Auction. Sunday, October 27 begins with a 7:00 am Cattle Call and 7:30 am Breakfast and ride out at 8:30 am and return to camp at 12 Noon.

Be a part of the rainbow! Participants are encouraged to support the cancer of their choice by wearing the color or colors of the type of cancer that has affected them. Representatives from the American Cancer Society will be at the ride to answer questions and to show their support of the ride.

The ride will be limited to 80 riders. Adults $40, youth under 15 years old $20, and kids under 6 years old are free. Guests for dinner & silent auction only on Saturday evening $12.00 per person.

You can register online at CowboyCapitalTrailRide.com or call 210-884-1616 for more information.

Saddle up and let's make this happen! Let's all ride together for a cure!

This ride is for you Dad - I love you to the moon and back.

Debbie Metzer and Father
- Debbie Metzger, Trail Ride Chairperson.