Saxtons River Resident and Breast Cancer Survivor Raises Funds for Vermont Ride for the Cure hosted by Susan G Komen New England Oct 9

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The 7th Annual Vermont Ride for the Cure will be on Monday, Oct. 9 - Columbus Day - at Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, VT. Ride for the Cure is a 6 or 9-mile horseback fundraising ride benefitting Susan G. Komen New England. To date, the ride has netted more than $296,500.

Over the past seven years, Lois Steele Whidden, of Saxtons River, Vermont and a three-time breast cancer survivor has participated in the Vermont Ride for the Cure. Whidden is also the chair of the event. Whidden says she chairs the event because, “in 2009 I did the Massachusetts Ride for the Cure and was so inspired I wanted to do this event in Vermont.  I am a breast cancer survivor and a trail rider and it seemed fitting to help people in my own state.  The Vermont Ride for the Cure means a lot to me – it’s not only about finding a cure, but about the people that ride, the sponsors and donors and all that make it happen. Many folks have been affected by breast cancer and we can all come together for the common cause of helping to end it. I love the camaraderie of all the “horse” people that make this event what it is, along with being another event for the affiliate.”

“Everyone’s there for a good time, sure, but I’d guess that everyone involved has also been touched by breast cancer one way or another, whether they’re survivors, like me, or the mothers, daughters, aunts or friends of someone who’s in treatment now or already lost the battle. We ride to honor them all, and to raise money to continue the fight.”

For more information on the Ride, FAQs, registration, or donations visit

About Susan G. Komen New England

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen New England is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Susan G. Komen® New England began with Races for the Cure® in Boston and Manchester, VT in 1993 and Hartford in 1994. The Affiliate has invested nearly $12 million in Connecticut organizations, $9 million in Massachusetts organizations, and $8 million in Vermont and New Hampshire organizations providing breast health services to uninsured and underinsured residents. The Affiliate has also contributed more than $8 million to support breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen® has awarded more than more than $81 million for breast cancer research in Massachusetts, $9 million for breast cancer research in Connecticut, and nearly $4 million for breast cancer research in Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, call 508.366.1945 or visit

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:00am