October has been a busy month for “Convoy for a Cure” event organizers.
So far, three “Cure” convoys in Canada have raised more than $80,000 for breast cancer research. The final convoy is set to roll on Saturday, Oct. 24, from Willie’s Place in Carl’s Corner, TX.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, in Moncton, New Brunswick, 32 female truckers and a support convoy made up of 14 male drivers raised more than $42,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This event was organized by Roxanne Doran Smith.
“Cure” event founder and OOIDA member Rachèle Champagne’s convoy in Ontario kicked off the “Cure” convoy season on Oct. 3. Her event had 40 trucks and raised $19,000 to fight breast cancer. This was the second year for the Ontario event.
Despite chilly temperatures – it was 31 degrees on convoy day on Oct. 3 – 19 female truckers raised more than $20,000 at the first-ever “Cure” convoy in Edmonton, Alberta. The event’s organizer was OOIDA member Kristin McCallum Murdock.
OOIDA Life Member Cindy Stowe of Will’s Point, TX, is organizing the first-ever “Cure” event in the U.S.
While Stowe said she admits that things have been a little “stressful” in the weeks leading up to her convoy this Saturday, she said she wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
“I am getting e-mails from people thanking me for doing this and asking how they can be a part of this event, and that makes it all worth it for me,” Stowe said.
Stowe said she was inspired to host an event in her home state of Texas after hearing about the convoy Champagne had in Ontario.
Champagne said she got the idea of organizing a convoy to raise money for breast cancer more than a year ago while talking to two of her friends, also truck drivers.
Already, a total of six convoys are in the works for 2010. However, Champagne said she is hopeful many more female drivers will be inspired to host a “Cure” convoy next year.
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer