HAMPTON, CT - In October, The Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen held its 2013 Ride for the Cure® at Twisted Tree Farm in Hampton, Connecticut. Now in its 13th year, the equestrian trail ride has raised more than $763,000 in support of the local fight against breast cancer.
More than 75 riders raised over $45,000 for Komen Connecticut. Each rider was asked to raise $250 to participate, committing significant funds to Connecticut’s local fight against breast cancer. Many riders exceeded this amount, including the event’s top fundraising team, “Udderly Country” who raised close to $5,000.
The Ride committee chair, Penny Gladstone-Kaiser, has a very personal connection to the cause. After being diagnosed with breast cancer Gladstone-Kaiser knows how fortunate she was to be able to educate herself about her diagnosis, treatments and after cancer care. Through her work with Ride, she hopes that all women will have the access to the information and services they need.
“I was shocked to learn how many underserved women there are in Connecticut,” Gladstone-Kaiser said. “I knew I needed to give back and help those who needed support. Joining the Ride for the Cure steering committee and working with Komen Connecticut is the best way for me to help the underserved women in our state. Every year there is that one survivor and her horse that reminds us that what we do is important and there is still a long trail ahead.”
Until we find the cures for breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. For each of the past four years, Komen Connecticut has made approximately $1 million in community grants to local organizations providing lifesaving services for women in need across our state. Komen Connecticut relies on the support of the local community and events such as the Ride to continue investing in cutting-edge research and local breast cancer programs for Connecticut women and their families.
The Ride for the Cure is already in the process of planning their 14th annual Ride. The event will be held again at Twisted Tree Farm in October 2014. For more information, email ride@KomenCT.org.