Horse Competition Supports Cancer Cure

News — By on June 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

It was a show of strength Sunday at the TNT Stables — by the horses and riders, as well as the community working to rein in cancer.

Each year thousands of people in communities across the country walk or run in the Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This group put its own twist on the fundraiser, hoping people will “pony” up some cash for the cause.

“This is a Gymkhana, which is skills and agility on horseback,” organizer Beth Kendall said. “We’re doing it for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, but instead of running or walking, we’re on horseback.”

Fifty-five riders from all over Vermont and eastern New York participated, rounding up more than $3000. “Cancer has affected everybody in one way or another. We wanted to show that we’re tough enough to ride, tough enough to live,” Kendall said. She organized the event after several riders, including her own daughter, were diagnosed with cancer.

“This is really hitting close to home,” Kara Kendall said. “It’s really important to us.” Kendall says she wanted to give back after she was diagnosed with melanoma at age 30. “I had surgery and they ended up getting everything so I’m fine now,” she said. “But it’s scary. It can happen to everyone. So it’s a big thing and we try to support this.”

Kendall’s bout with skin cancer spurred her into action, raising money to help researchers find a cure. “When I was diagnosed with melanoma it really woke me up,” she said. “It can happen to anyone, no matter what age you are, and now it’s a big part of my life to support this cause.”

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  • Excuse me for being a wet blanket but have you ever thought that if you added up all the money collected by modern medicine from honest Americans to find a cure it would amount to hundreds of billions of dollars and I am not even counting the money the government gives them. The reason I say that is because they have not found a cure in 60 years, something is very wrong here. I wonder if they are even trying to find a cure?

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