Cancer, Community, Reed City Hospital

Ride for a Cure set for September 14 at D Bar D Ranch

Fundraiser in Chase aids patients at Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

Wagons Ho! And saddle up for the Ride for a Cure event in Chase September 14.

August 21, 2019

REED CITY & CHASE, Mich., August 16, 2019 – Saddle up and wagons ho! The 9th annual Ride for a Cure event at D Bar D Ranch is set for September 14 in Chase.

Trail rides, wagon rides, camping, great food, a silent auction and live music highlight the event that benefits Spectrum Health’s Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.

Last year, a record $28,622 was raised, 152 horses were registered and more than 200 cowpokes of all ages joined together for a pig roast dinner Saturday night.

The highlight of the weekend will be multiple horseback trail rides and horse-drawn wagon rides on Saturday, September 14. A four-hour trail ride begins at 1 p.m., with a two-hour ride starting at 2 p.m. Multiple wagon rides also leave at 2 p.m. for those without a horse.

The $25-per-person event has raised more than $175,000 since its inception. “That’s a humbling number,” said D Bar D Ranch owner and trail boss, Don Beach.

The funds provide needed programming support at the cancer center and services at the facility’s wellness center.

“We’re so appreciative,” said Jen Ames, practice manager of the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center. “Ride for a Cure has grown into such an amazing event, and we join the ranch staff in inviting everyone to enjoy the fun and contribute to this great cause.”

“The support from our ranch family, our volunteers and the community has been incredible,” Beach said. “Cancer affects all of us in one way or another, and it has personally affected us at the ranch. So we do this to help other cancer patients, and to thank those at the cancer center who devote their careers to the important work of helping treat patients.”

Many participants camp at the ranch and enjoy a full weekend of activities, including a DJ Friday evening and live music Saturday evening with Stolen Horses Band. A silent auction tent will operate throughout the weekend. The event concludes with a pancake breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Camp sites are still available for the weekend.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Beach said. “Please come join us.”

Businesses and individuals willing to donate a silent auction item can call the ranch at 231.832.3143 or drop off the item on site at 6746 East 64th Street in Chase.

Pledge sheets to sponsor riders, or for riders to collect support are available online at www.dbardranchmichigan.com.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Contact:
John Norton
Communications Specialist
Office: 231.592.4387
Mobile: 231.580.1079
Email: john.norton@spectrumhealth.org