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

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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