Annual ride benefits cancer fight

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More than $12,000 has benefitted local cancer patients in Benewah County and the surrounding area over the last five years.

The money has been raised at the St. Joe Snow Riders annual Breast Cancer Snowmobile Run.

Jeff and Paula Spooner and Dale Hill are organized the second annual Breast Cancer Snowmobile Ride. Pink ribbons again can be purchased for $25. The ribbons will line the trail. Money will benefit local cancer patients.

Jeff and Paula Spooner and Dale Hill are organized the second annual Breast Cancer Snowmobile Ride. Pink ribbons again can be purchased for $25. The ribbons will line the trail. Money will benefit local cancer patients.

Paula Spooner, organizer, said money raised from the event is sent to Kootenai Health Foundation where it is then given to patients from the area for prescriptions, fuel vouchers and food vouchers.

“Last year, we had 102 riders and made $4,193,” she said. “It’s always been very good and always received great support.”

Mrs. Spooner said a total of 71 people from Benewah County and the Calder, Avery and Clarkia area have benefitted from the money the event has raised.

And the group is on track to do it again. This year’s ride is Feb. 9. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Big Eddy Resort. Breakfast will be available for $6.99.

Hands cost $5 and there is no limit on the number of hands one can purchase. Money is paid back to the lowest hand, highest hand and middle hand. All hands must be in by 5 p.m. at the Calder Store where a barbeque dinner will be served. Beef, pork or chicken will be available. The cost is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children.

The ride is 45 to 55 miles long each year. This year’s event will take riders through the high and low country, Jeff Spooner said.

“We try not to bring them back in the same way they went out,” Mr. Spooner said. “They are groomed trails.”

“It’s always a fun time for everyone,” Mrs. Spooner said.

Hot dogs and hamburgers are served along the trail for a donation. The theme this year is “Ridin’ Thru It” and is printed on the ride T-shirts ($15), long sleeve shirts ($20), crew sweatshirts ($25) and hoodies ($35), Mrs. Spooner said.

Once again, pink ribbon cutout signs that will include the sponsor’s name will line the trail. Businesses and individuals may purchase a pink ribbon for $25. Tenth Street Lumber has agreed to donate the sticks for the ribbons.

“Businesses can buy them and individuals may also buy them in the memory of someone,” Mrs. Spooner said. “Last year, we had 92 ribbons.”

Mrs. Spooner said this is the second year for the ribbons. The ribbons allow those who may not snowmobile to support the cause as well.

Through the sale of ribbons, clothing, hands and other donated items the St. Joe Snow Riders are able to raise money to help cancer patients.

Shirts are available and can be ordered from Mary Skinner at Big River Designs, Mrs. Spooner said.

To purchase a pink ribbon, call Mr. and Mrs. Spooner at 245-4070. For more information on the ride, call Idaho Rigging at 245-3523; St. Maries Saw and Cycle at 245-4544; or Dale Hill at 582-3402.

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