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January 27. 2014 7:22PM

Awareness ride

Hollis snowmobile club breast cancer ride Feb. 8


The Hollis Nor’Easters snowmobile club will host the 3rd annual Pink Ride for breast cancer on Saturday, Feb. 8. Pictured are some of the many participants of the 2013 ride. (COURTESY)

HOLLIS — Local snowmobile enthusiasts are “thinking pink” when it comes to waging the battle against breast cancer.

On Feb. 8, members of the Hollis Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club will host the third annual Pink Ride at Silver Lake State Park.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the St. Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center in Nashua, according to club spokesman Jon Lavoie.

Event organizer Sue Keough said the ride continues to grow each year. In the past two winters, it has raised nearly $14,000 for the cause.

Keough discovered her passion for snowmobiling about four years ago and said it was “initially rather intimidating” to participate in a sport that’s not popular with the ladies.

Eventually, however, Keough was introduced to other female snowmobilers and following a group ride to nearby Brookline, discussions centered on finding a way to give back to the community.

“We figured that cancer is something that affects just about every family,” she said. “And it’s just so important to encourage all women to go for their annual mammogram.”

Keough’s father lost his battle with lung cancer several years’ back, and she said his positive attitude, despite his diagnosis, continues to inspire her.

The snow had melted on the day of the 2012 Pink Ride, but participants weren’t discouraged. “We walked the trails instead,” Keough laughed.

A year later, the weather was more cooperative, and more and more snowmobile clubs and area families filed in.

This year, event organizers hope to raise $15,000. Keough said the hospital would use those funds for technology upgrades to its 3-D mammogram clinic, among other things.

Participants will meet at the park, located on Route 122 in Hollis. The 45-ride will begin at 10 a.m. A cookout and dogsledding demonstrations will complete the day’s festivities.

The ride is open to snowmobilers of all abilities, and there is no fee to participate.

“Just raise whatever you can,” Keough said. “It will be a nice, easy ride.”

Granite State legislators, local personalities and members of several other area snowmobile clubs, have been invited to take part. Keough said she’s even invited NH native Adam Sandler, and she’s crossing her fingers that the famous comedian might drop by the park.

For more information or to register for the Pink Ride, visit the Hollis Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club website www.noreasters.org.8aguilmet@newstote.com


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