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Eighth Annual Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride Labor Day Weekend

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During the Cancer Tribute Ceremony, Mardy Anderson leads the Riderless Horse that signifies those who have lost their lives to cancer. The chaps lying across the horse’s back belonged to Anita Hible, a North Country Horsemen Saddle Club member who lost her life to cancer after a long battle. The poignant ride once again strikes home the devastating effects of the disease, robbing people of those they love. Trails to Treatments’ mission is to alleviate some of the financial burden of out-of-pocket expenses for those receiving treatments for cancer (submitted photo)

The Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride will take place in the City of Middle River, with all activities located in or beginning in town. You don’t have to be a cowboy to join the efforts of the North Country Horsemen and Saddle Club in this, their largest fundraiser of the year.

So many people have given, in amounts ranging from one dollar to thousands, in time, in talent, in fundraising efforts, in every way imaginable to the growing movement that is Trails to Treatments. As the group embarks on their largest fundraiser of the year, the Cancer Benefit and Ride September 2, 3, and 4, Labor Day Weekend, it is good to reflect where those dollars have gone.

Nearly five years ago, when North Country Horsemen Saddle Club of Middle River, Minnesota, established Trails to Treatments, they couldn’t possibly have imagined how many lives they would affect, the amount of help that they could give to people in need…people who face the hardest word in medical language, cancer.

Many people have insurance that will cover the medical costs of treating cancer, but there are many other costs that are not covered by insurance; costs that include travel, motel rooms, insurance co-pays, supplies, equipment. The list is long and varied for each patient.

Trails to Treatments is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist those in need of funding during their treatment of cancer. Because most people are not fully prepared for the out of pocket expenses cancer treatment requires, grants are awarded to help defray those costs. Volunteers are dedicated to the long term success of this grant program through ongoing donations and fund raising efforts.

Though this is the Eighth Annual Cancer Ride, it’s just five years since Trails to Treatments was organized by the North Country Horsemen. Since that time, Trails to Treatments has awarded 347 grants (through August 17 of this year) that have eased the financial burdens of patients dealing with “The Big C.” The total amount awarded through those grants to date is $150,100!!! Amazing…for the handful of organizers who work with the project each year! In addition to that amount, in the early years of the Benefit and Ride, more than $20,000 was raised and donated to other organizations.

To see more on this event, including not only this press release but also a quarter page ad, read the August 24 edition of The Tribune in print or online.


  1. Susan Lockling on September 8, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I would like to order a paper with the trails for treatment article.

    • Editor on September 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

      To inquire about the availability and order an individual paper you will need to contact the Tribune directly. They can be reached at (218) 782-2275

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