In the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. Many of us have known someone – a friend, family member, or colleague – who has been affected by this disease. Someone very dear to me is a breast cancer survivor, a woman who has been a mentor personally, professionally, and in my equestrian life, and I am tremendously thankful for the research and medical advancements that helped her get through it. Currently a member of my extended family is fighting it.
Often when a friend or loved one tells us they are facing this particular challenge, we feel helpless to do anything. I know I felt that way when my dear friend shared her diagnosis with me. That’s why I’m participating in the 3rd Annual Ride for the Cure with the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central and South Jersey on October 20th. By supporting the ride, I am helping women both in my local community and throughout the country. Seventy-five percent of all proceeds rasied in the ride benefit local programs: This year, the affiliate invested $1.1 million to provide breast cancer education and 8,000 free mammograms. The remaining 25% will support innovative breast cancer research, bringing us that much closer to the cure.
Our efforts to fight this disease have made a difference: In 1982 the 5 year survival rate for Stage I breast cancer was 75%. Currently it is over 98%. Today there are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Sug and I will be teaming up with my blogging buddy Marissa and her horse Tucker. We’ll be dolling ourselves up in all our best pink duds, and the horses will be sporting as much pink as we can find for them. Pink fly bonnets, pink ribbons and crystals in their manes, pink bell boots and polos. The wonderful folks at ECOGOLD have lent their support to the cause and have sent me a saddle pad which will have the pink breast cancer ribbon on it!!! (You have to protect the horse’s back while she’s trying to save the ta-tas!) We are also toying with the idea of painting big pink breast cancer ribbons on Tucker and Sug’s big bay rumps. My friend Malin at 2-Point Bling is trying to devise how to create a hot pink bra to attach to Sug’s breastplate, which could either be the best idea in the world or the worst. We’ll see! Any of you have any other ideas?
How can you help? If you’re a rider in the New Jersey area, consider creating your own team or joining the team Marissa and I have formed, Bays for Boobies (yes, you read that right). Marissa and I promise to show you a good time, and Tucker (her horse) and Sug (my mare) love making new friends. We guarantee a lot of laughs, a fun romp through gorgeous countryside at Alexandria Park in scenic Hunterdon County, and trailer-side mimosas to celebrate! (It’s tradition.)
If you can’t make it on October 20th, and your circumstances allow, would you please consider making a donation to support our efforts? I have pledged to raise $250 by November 15th, and with your help I know I can get there. Please visit my personal page here to make a donation.
If you are interested in finding an event in your area to get involved in, whether it’s a race (the two-legged kind) or a ride, you can check here. You can also learn more about your local affiliate here. For our Canadian friends, you can find info here.
Thank you so much for anything you can do, whether it’s donating to help the cause, offering an idea for fun pink accessories, or simply wishing us success in our efforts.
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