A group of horseback riders raising money for breast cancer research wrapped up a 500-kilometre journey in Edmonton on Saturday.
The Wild Pink Yonder’s group of riders, dressed in pink, have stopped in 23 towns over 23 days. Five of them have been on horseback since day one, including Stacy Whalen, a cancer survivor.
Two years ago, Whalen was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now in remission.
“I’m hoping we are getting closer to a cure,” Whalen said. “Hopefully a vaccine, so no other women will get breast cancer. I definitely don’t want my daughter having breast cancer.”
On Saturday, the group stopped at the Cross Cancer Institute. In five years, the Wild Pink Yonder group has raised more than $600,000 for breast cancer research.
Theresa Burke, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, says this group of pink riders is making a difference.
“The number of people who have gone for screenings has risen in the towns that we’ve been through,” Burke said. “It makes it worthwhile. People are standing up and paying attention and catching it early.”