Riders For The Cure Raises 5K

Snowboarders of all ability levels enjoyed perfect weather on Mt. Bachelor Sunday, April 4, 2004, making runs, winning prizes and generating more than $5000 for the Sara Fisher Breast Health Project.

With the promise of a new snowboard for the top three fund raisers, 56 participants turned out to win prizes from Salomon, Roxy, DaKine, SMITH, Columbia Sportswear and many others. On hand to give out prizes was the Mt. Bachelor Freeride Team, including Leslee Olson and Jason McAlister who each donated a signature model snowboard.

Penny Pritchard, 18, of Bend, was the top fund raiser donating $1063 and taking home a Capita Snowboard. The youngest rider, eight year-old Kristian Johnson of Bend, raised $75 for the project while having as much fun as Nancy Noll, 56 of Garberville, CA. Noll raised $300 for the project and won the Olson signed Chorus snowboard. Matt Wilson, 20, from Bend also won a snowboard by raising $300. The number two fund raiser, 29 year-old Mike Neel of Sunriver, OR not only gathered $342, but also brought numerous gift certiciates from area businesses to be used as prizes.

According to Lolly Champion of the Sara Fisher Breast Health Project, Riders for the Cure is a significant program because all of the money donated will be used for breast cancer education and awareness in the seven counties of Central Oregon.

“This money will go a long way toward early treatment of breast cancer in someone who might not otherwise have been diagnosed in time,” she said. “It’s particularly important in rural areas such as Grant County where a woman may not be able to afford the $300 for transportation and breast exam.”