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Thanks for the cheer, AHS

Dear Editor:On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure held its fourth annual Ride for the Cure. It was a magnificent day, full of hope and determination, memory and awareness. Each year, we try to improve the experience of our riders – to show them our appreciation for riding and raising funds for breast cancer education and prevention to benefit our valley and beyond. It takes a tremendous number of volunteers and countless hours to implement a century ride that includes a fabulous kick-off dinner the evening before, aide stations every 20 miles, and a full-on finish line party. Literally 300 volunteers helped to make this event a success, and we are grateful to each one.Among the most often heard comment this year was about how great it was to be cheered on by the Aspen High School students. Dressed in lime green, often music playing, 31 strong, loud and encouraging, these students made a huge difference to the fun and appreciation felt by riders. All of these students are a part of the Outreach Service Club, organized by Kathy Klug, who worked tirelessly to support her enthusiastic club members with Sally Meyer.A special thank you to: Lauren Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, James Budwell, Annie Buettow, Shelby Butler, Amanda Cunningham, Elisabeth Eastley, Katy Evans, Robert Franklin, Sam Franklin, Gentry Frywald, Kaitlin Gerson, Brooke Gordon, Meagan Jonsson, Devin Kahn, Harrison Kahn, Patrice Kahn, Samantha Kerr, Kelly McLellan, Chelsea Murdock, Max Rispoli, Michael Schwartz, Rachel Sher, Arielle Shipe, Jaeda Sichel, Nicky Ufkes, Elissa Walter, Susan Walter, Kylie Westerlind, John Wilcox and Jonathan Woodrow.With riders coming from many states and Colorado communities, our AHS students made us all proud.Elaine R. GrossmanPresident, Komen Aspen Affiliate