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A heck of a century ride

Dear Editor:While the weather did not fully cooperate, it could not dampen our spirits, or those of the riders who participated in this year’s Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure® on Saturday, Sept. 9. Thanks to Raifie Bass, Jan Sarpa and Carolyn Kaelin who spoke and inspired us to do more than we think we can do to fight cancer. The “Putting a Face on Cancer” photo exhibit of survivors, produced by fellow survivor volunteers Sue Drinker and Paul Hilts, brought many of us to tears.Early Saturday morning, the sun broke through the clouds and we were all again inspired by Jeannie Walla’s fabulous singing voice (not easy to muster at 7:25 a.m.!), and the start of the third annual Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure®. A few hours and several nasty, cold storms later, supporters cheered the riders at the finish line as the after-party began. The sun again reappeared just in time for the music of Dan Sheridan followed by Network.The Komen Aspen Foundation is a staff of two hard-working women coordinated the many, many weeks of planning to lead up to the fabulous Ride day, and we truly appreciate all the staff and volunteer help it took to get us there.Putting on a century ride takes a community, and our community threw itself into making the Komen Aspen Ride a tremendous success. We raised awareness and funding to provide our neighbors, family and friends with the education and prevention services needed to fight breast cancer, so thank you to everyone who helped us make this possible.Next year, we could probably use more volunteers, and definitely more riders, but that’s next year. Right now, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for making this year’s event a success we can all share and enjoy. We hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are proud of you.Elaine Grossman & Georgia HansonThe Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation2006 Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure® co-chairs

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