Local girl has hope

 

By Aaron Jahn

Brook Lippert has decided to do what she can to raise money to help people suffering from cancer and its physically grueling treatments.

Lippert, 14, and her family have organized the first “Brook’s Ride for Hope” to be held on February 18 in Bruce County to raise money and awareness for people and their families suffering through the ravaging disease and its aftermath.  Lippert says that this is something close to her heart after her family had to watch her mother deal with cancer in 2010.

“It was tough, she had to go through a lot of hospital visits and my dad had to take time off of work to be with her,” said Lippert of her mother’s cancer. “You never think that any thing will happen to your parents, but when it does the feeling that you might lose them is almost unbearable.”

 

Brook Lippert, 14, and her family have organized the first “Brook’s Ride for Hope” to be held on February 18 in Bruce County to raise money and awareness for people and their families suffering through cancer.

She has participated in the Pink Ribbon Riders snow run for cancer in Michigan the last two years and decided that she wanted to do something similar close to home.  She says that she and her family have been putting in a lot of work and always put in at least two hours a night getting everything put together.

She says that while research is important, she wanted to focus more on the people affected by cancer, something that is often overlooked.

“I think that research is very important, but that the people going through the treatments and dealing with the cancer are far more important,” said Lippert.  People going through cancer treatments have to pay for gas, food, medication and many of them can’t work while getting treated.”

She says that her parents have been very supportive of her initiative and have been promoting it through their business ThunderStorm Performance.

“They think it’s a really good idea to have my own ride and that they’re very proud of me.”

Cost of the ride is $50 per person registration forms can be found online at: www.thunderstromperformance.com.  They also have t-shirts available for $15 and any donations are welcome, if you wish to make a donation or purchase a t-shirt call: 519-736-2514 or email friendsjmb@yahoo.ca

 

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