Horseride raises $15,000 for breast cancer R

The ride ended on July 2 at Church Street in Burlington, where clapping supporters gathered to welcome her.

"I was surprised at how many people at Church Street knew we were coming," said Harvey. "One guy stopped right in the middle of traffic, jumped out of his truck and yelled, 'You go girl''"

The 145-mile route took her from Bennington to Burlington on a route roughly parallel to Route 7.

Along the way, she stayed with fellow horse-lovers who had been enlisted by a friend who sent out an e-mail blast.

"I was amazed at the response," said Harvey

"My hosts were very gracious and generous."

Harvey was 15 years old when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Harvey estimates that the ride raised around $15,000 for the fight against breast cancer, with money still coming in.

"So many people shared their trials and tribulations with this disease," she said.

For now, Harvey and her horse are taking it easy; it was a long time in the saddle, but there's already a ride planned for 2011.

Check It Out: You can still contribute to Harvey's Horseride Against Cancer. Send a check made out to the American Cancer Society (tax-deductible) or the Pink Ribbon Diva Foundation (501-C3 pending) to Harvey at P.O.Box 154, Forestdale, Vt 06745.

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