Lampman local is one out of ten chosen to represent the 2019 Prairie Women on Snowmobiles ride. Where women from all walks of life have been touched by cancer and are continuing to bring awareness. Brittany Fox is one of this years snowmobile riding representatives.
Brittany Fox "So how I got selected, you have to apply to be part of the organization. Back in March of 2018, I applied to Prairie Women on Snowmobiles. Then the board of directors sits down and they go over the applications, and then they choose 10 riders to represent and be apart of Prairie Women on Snowmobiles. And then they ride the following year in February."
In regards to fundraising, "In order to be part of the mission, your asked to raise a minimum of $3000.00 of those 3 thousand 100% of the proceeds goes towards Breast cancer research and equipment. I was very fortunate actually, I had an amazing group of family and friends and support from my community and surrounding areas. And I surpassed that goal and I was able to raise $12,518.81. I was beyond thankful, to each and every person who helped make that possible."
Fox on the creativity involved to raise the funds, "It took a lot of different ideas that I had to come up with, I did a few different fundraisers. I sold advertising spots for my sled wrap, so that will go on my sled before I ride. I sold decals or stickers, I did a liquor basket raffle, and a steak night fundraiser in October out here in Lampman."
The participants each year, have a special person they ride for, "In general I am riding for many people whose lives have been affected by cancer, but most importantly the person I chose to ride for is my grandpa. He fought a hard with cancer when I was 19, so I'm riding for you grandpa."
She continues how her team prepped the sled, "As for the sled I have to thank my partner Damen, he's been making sure that its ready for the long ride. We'll be riding for about 1500 kilometers, and then I also had it booked in for a pre-season. That's just a check that they go over your sled. That was donated by Discovery Motor Sports, to ensure that its ready for the long trek."
Answering if she would be ready for such a long trek, "I hope so, I'm a bit nervous and excited. I heard it's very emotional, it will be a great experience and I'm very excited about it. But yeah, I've just tried to get in shape, because its a lot of km a day on a sled. Emotionally and physically, it's going to be tough."
This year route Fox goes on to explain, "We start actually this year in Meadow Lake, so the far northwest of the province. And then we finish up our finale in Prince Albert."
"Cancer strikes anyone, and it touches almost every family. Whether it's through a loved one, family or friend. I guess for me its about getting awareness out there. Reminding everyone to live each day to the fullest, and just be apart of something bigger."