Ride returns to Relay for Life

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Some will walk. Some will ride. But all are working for a cure.

After a two-year hiatus, the Ride for Life is returning. According to event coordinator Monte Graham, the Ride for Life is a 10-mile horseback trail ride that benefits the American Cancer Society. The ride, which is scheduled for May 5 at Ned Houk Park, is held in conjunction with the annual Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, which is scheduled for May 4 through May 5, is a 12-hour walk held to raise funds for cancer education and research.

Graham said he began the Ride for Life because the equine community wasn’t involved in the Relay for Life event.

“It (horseback riding) brings a new air to it,” Graham said.

In 2004, Graham raised $8,900. This year his goal is $5,000.

“Fourteen riders have already signed up,” he said, “and we’ve raised $1,000.”

The Clovis business owner said the cancer cause is close to his heart.

“It added a new dimension when my father was diagnosed with cancer after my second year doing the event,” Graham said.

Relay for Life co-chairman Rebecca Holt said the walking event is going well, too.

“Our goal was to have 75 teams walking,” Holt said. “But we surpassed that because 85 teams have registered.

Last year 64 teams participated in the two-day event.

Holt said the Relay for Life committee hopes to raise $107,000.

This year’s theme is “Catching a Cure.” Holt said the cancer survivors are the all-stars, the team captains are the coaches and the walkers are the baseball players.

“We all have a reason to relay,” Holt said, “and this event will go on rain or shine.”

Fast facts
What: Ride for Life
Where: Ned Houk Park
When: May 5
Time: Registration is 7-9 a.m.
Cost: $15
Information: Contact Monte Graham at