3 Country Ride raises $20,000 for breast cancer research

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 07, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Bob Hood of 3 Country Ride interviews Mayor Samantha Paradis in front of City Hall June 7. The organization raised $20,000 and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Belfast — 3 Country Ride, a nonprofit group that is raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, completed a bicycle ride from Tijuana, Mexico, across 15 U.S. states, and ended in St. Stephen, Canada, on June 10. The organization raised a total of $19,608 for BCRF to find a cure for breast cancer.

Mayor Samantha Paradis was interviewed the morning of June 7 in front of City Hall by Bob Hood of 3 Country Ride, the primary rider on the journey.

Each day Hood broadcast three short live video interviews: A Morning Mingle session, a Noon Update from the road, and an 8 p.m. Evening Wrap Up session with locals from wherever they are that day.

The overall journey started March 20 and ended June 10; a 4,150-mile, 83-day journey across three countries and 15 U.S. states. A former marathoner and tri-athlete, Hood has been training for this ride for nearly a year.

Hood is volunteer executive director of 3 Country Ride Inc. He made the trek along with two other volunteer board members, Katherine Scannell and Alan Joelson. Hood's day job is CEO of Spotlink, a technology solutions firm in San Diego.

The end goal of all these efforts, Hood said, is to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to cure breast cancer.

"I have had both family and friends stricken by this horrible disease. This is my part in helping keep not only them, but the over 300,000 women in the U.S. that are diagnosed with this cancer each year, and the 40,000+ who are expected to die this year, safe from this disease in the future, or keeping it from afflicting them in the first place — at least that is my hope," Hood said.

In the brief interview, Paradis told Hood about Belfast, about being mayor and about her connection with breast cancer.

"We are a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant community where people are friendly," she said.

"Having worked in health care for 14 years and having seen and treated many folks who have lived through and survived breast cancer and also for some folks who have unfortunately passed, as my role as a hospice nurse," Paradis said, "it's personal to me in that I work with folks on a daily basis that are affected by breast cancer."

Following the interview, the 3 Country Riders continued to Milbridge, a ride of about 67 miles.

Hood said, "As part of our fundraising efforts, every day we will be seeking donations, either through our website at 3CountryRide.org/Donate or the BCRF's website at give.bcrf.org/3CountryRide. The funds go directly to BCRF to find a cure for breast cancer."

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