Group spending 23 days horseback riding for breast cancer research

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WATCH ABOVE: A group of women are travelling Alberta trails on horseback to raise money for breast cancer research. As Global’s Sarah Komadina explains, it’s an emotional journey to help find a cure – Aug 16, 2016

A group of women is travelling through more than 22 towns in just 23 days on horseback to raise money for breast cancer research.

Sue Meyier will be spending the full three weeks in the saddle.

The 53-year-old is tackling the trail for everyone who has been faced with cancer, including those who are close to her.

“My daughter is in for screening and I hope I can help her too,” she said.

Her daughter has joined up with her for a small portion of the 500-kilometre trek.

“It makes me really proud of her,” Tianna Meyier said. “I wasn’t sure if she could do it, but I’m really proud she has come this far.”

In the eight years Wild Pink Yonders has been trailing through Alberta, it’s raised over $800,000 for breast cancer research.

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Elanor Bergen, 36, had a double mastectomy. Her son was only four-months-old at the time. She has now been cancer free for five-and-a-half years.

Bergen rides for herself, her son and hopes to be an inspiration for others.

“I lost my breasts in 2011 and you know what? It’s kind of a freeing thing because I’m totally okay with it,” she explained. “A lot of people define themselves with their breasts and I don’t begrudge anyone for doing it but it’s not as bad they might think it might be.”

Up to 30 riders will join the Wild Pink Yonder group each day.

It started the Alberta journey in Stirling and will finish at Lamont in September. They ride for about four or five hours a day.

“An exceptional challenge to say that I can do this,” Sue Meyier said, “and I will.”

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