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To Whom it May Concern:

My name is Randy Maxwell, in July 2018 a terrible tragedy hit my home when my wife of 16 years passed away from triple negative breast cancer. Unfortunately, triple negative breast cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to cure. Michelle’s family had a long history of this terrible disease. Michelle had an idea for an event that would provide help for those battling breast cancer and also increase awareness in our area of the physical and emotional battle’s that cancer victims face. Little did we know that she would be diagnosed with the disease before she ever got her event in motion. Michelle had the idea to host an ATV event for people to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Mercer County while helping those facing life altering illnesses. This one-day event will help to bring awareness and raise money to provide wigs to those fighting cancer in our area; wigs that many cannot afford with the medical expenses they are incurring. You may think how can a wig make a difference? I can tell you from what I experienced with Michelle. I can’t begin to describe to you the emotions you feel when you shave your wife’s head. It all becomes real very fast. At that moment reality hits you that the person you have planned to spend the rest of your life with, the mother of your young children is sick. Not only is she sick but she is fighting for her life sick. The emotional turmoil and stress that goes along with that is not comprehensible by me or anyone else that has not had this disease inside them. A woman losing her hair due to the treatments they are undergoing in attempt to save their lives is one of the major hurdles many deal with. It will prevent some from going to the grocery store or a little league ballgame, even if they physically feel good enough to go. Michelle receiving a wig provided some normalcy not only for her but for our boys and me. The wig allowed her the confidence to go into public and participate in our children’s after school activities. I am asking you to make a difference in someone’s life, possibly someone you know and love by sponsoring Ridin’ 4 A Cure. This event will be held the second Saturday in October.

Our mission is to establish a movement to save lives by meeting the needs of our local cancer fighters by investing in prevention, early detection, and care.  That each cancer fighter has the hair they need to attack each day with the self-esteem and confidence to beat this terrible disease.

We envision a future wherein our part of the world will set the standard in West Virginia for the lowest cancer rates, through focused prevention, with education partnerships, corporate wellness, and promotion.  

All the proceeds of the event will be used to provide help to those in our area fighting cancer. Assistance for the purchase of wigs for our women and children suffering and fighting this terrible disease no matter what type of cancer they have. Men too!! A portion of the funds will be used to help with the cost of breast cancer treatment for women and providing dedicated transportation to cancer treatment appointment as well as early detection services.