Riding for transplants: recapping the journey
The 2014 Trails4transplants organ, eye and tissue donor awareness ride commenced June 1, from Fort Lincoln state park in Mandan, and ended at the Custer battlefield at Garryowen, Mont., on June 19.
Thirteen riders rode the entire 444-mile distance, with a support staff of eight. 84 others participated or rode portions of the journey. A total of 8,200 horseback miles were logged during the “Healing along the Custer Trail” event.
The group enjoyed excellent weather and warm welcomes from communities and landowners along the route. Representatives of the Lakota, Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara, Crow and Northern Cheyenne nations participated and held cultural ceremonies at the beginning and end of the ride.
Co-chairs, Ashley Peterson and Roger Hille, planned the event to raise awareness for the need for organ, eye and tissue donors, as well as to urge all to register as donors. The $30,000 raised will be given to the Gift of Life house in Rochester, Minn., and be used to offset expenses of organ transplant recipients and their families.
For more information, go to www.trails4transplants.org.