As breast cancer awareness has continued to spread in recent years, backcountry riders have taken it upon themselves to expand its reach even further by creating events aimed at raising funds for various cancer societies. By banding together, fellow riders benefit a common goal, bolster camaraderie, form friendships and raise funds for worthy causes. These events are such warm-spirited jaunts that even diehard ATVers end up having their most memorable excursions during these outings.
Earlier this year, on June 1, 2019, Eastman ATV held its fourth annual ATV Ride For Mom in support of CancerCare Manitoba Breast Cancer. The event was such a good time that Don Lemoine, manager at Degagne Motors in Winnipeg, had his best ride ever. Flanked by close friends and his wife, Carole, Lemoine embarked with his 2011 Polaris RZR S on the trails of the Sandilands Provincial Forest, an 80-kilometre (50-mile) trail built on crown land. Staging at Suicide Hill, participants trekked across the dry, sandy trails in sunny conditions and bright spirits.
“We saw lots of people of different ages enjoying a great ride for a great cause,” said Lemoine. “Everyone was smiling and having fun. I felt proud to be sharing my love of the sport with my wife and great friends.”
Don Lemoine is an advocate for Eastman ATV’s annual Ride for Mom event. — Photo courtesy Don Lemoine
Lemoine has attended three of the four Ride for Mom events thus far and plans on participating again next year. He’s hoping even more riders will come out for what may be an ever greater best day ever.
“Leave all your worries behind and enjoy the beautiful scenery with the people you ride with,” Lemoine said.
ON OUR RAD RADAR:
Rider: Don Lemoine
Where: St. Agathe, Manitoba
Occupation: Manager at Degagne Motors in St. Boniface, Manitoba
Bragging rights: Advocate for the Eastman ATV Ride for Mom
Weapon of choice: 2011 Polaris RZR S
Local ride recommendation: Sandilands Provincial Forest. “The trails are very easy,” said Lemoine. “There are some wet spots for those who want to play in the mud.”