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ATV ride to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support local charities



HANCOCK — Local volunteers are inviting Mainers to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to help those facing the disease during the Ride for a Cure ATV ride on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Ride for a Cure will include an ATV decorating contest, bra decorating contest, 50/50 raffle and additional raffle items. The first 250 paid registrations will receive a Ride for the Cure gaiter. The American Cancer Society has donated lunch boxes and long-sleeved shirts as giveaways to breast cancer survivors.

“We envision a future where our children will no longer live with the threat of breast cancer, but unfortunately, that future is at risk,” said Louise Santosuosso, executive director at the American Cancer Society. “We’re grateful for the support of our volunteers across Maine who share this lifesaving mission. We can’t and won’t allow progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives.”

Participants are encouraged to register in advance at http://hancockcountyrideforacure2020.eventbrite.com. The ride is set for Sunday, Oct. 18, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Acadia Area ATV’ers Club, 3 Wyman Road, Hancock, and riders will depart at 9 a.m. on the Downeast Sunrise Trail. A stop is planned at Franklin Trading Post at 33 Blackwood Road, Franklin, where gas and snacks are available for purchase. The ride will end at Amherst General Store at 561 Airline Road, for lunch. Social distancing guidelines, including wearing face masks, will be followed.

There is a $20 registration fee, and the event will split equally donations between the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Hancock County and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Dollars raised will help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center provides hope, knowledge and support to cancer patients, their families, caregivers and friends by providing a source of information, social services and compassion through all stages of the cancer journey.

Any questions should be emailed to [email protected]

According to the American Cancer Society an estimated 279,100 women and men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 42,690 will die from the disease in 2020. In Maine, the society estimates this year alone 1,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 180 will die from the disease. Learn more at https://www.cancer.org/breastcancer.