Apr 2, 2011 7:36 PM
Many were remembered and celebrated today, as hundreds on horseback showed up for the third annual Ride for Life.. In support of those who have fought or are still fighting their battle with cancer..
Red Bluff participant, Rachelle Exum says, "We're all out here today to support them." With 45 teams and 315 horses, the support at the Tehama District Fair Grounds was overwhelming.
Cancer Survivor, Shirley Hall says, "Its just goose bumps. That's all I can say. It's just hard to find the words. It's just such a wonderful thing." Bailey Brownfield, event co-chair says, "We have tons of survivors and even a survivor pony here."
Event founder, Jessica MacDonald, created the Ride for Life event three years ago for a 4-H project, by combining her love for horses and passion for helping others.. Which created this unique American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Jessica says, "I have been affected through my family members and friends being diagnosed with cancer and I've always loved horses. so its always been a passion of mine to want to do something like this."
And little did she know, three years later it would grow into something this big. Taylor Collins, event co-chair says, "We have raised over $70,000 in the last 2 years." Which MacDonald attributes to the support from her community.
Jessica says, "Even with this small community, we get so much support.. Its just amazing." Which lets those fighting the battle know they have a herd of support with them, every step of the way. Shirley says, "It gives us all hope."
Today's event raised a total of $35,000 dollars.