Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:11 AM by Judy Slate - MTN News
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM
BOZEMAN- Leon Wieder has been riding across Montana for about three weeks to spur the cancer of Montana.
Wieder spends about eight hours a day in the saddle as a way to raise awareness and money. He usually sticks to Interstate 90, but sometimes rides through towns, switching between three horses painted pink.
This Wieder's second Spur the Cancer ride to commemorate his aunt, who passed away after a nine-year battle with the disease. Last year, he rode 615 miles from Beach, North Dakota to Arlee, Mont.
"So last year I had the idea of doing this in honor of her, and kind of saying 'thanks' for all the help we received through her fight," he said.
Last year, Wieder raised $20,000. He thinks his aunt would appreciate it. "I talk to my uncle, her husband and her two boys, they say she'd be proud...I hope she would be."
Learn more at the Spur the Cancer out of Montana Facebook page. Donations go toward Head, Heal and Hope, the Leukemia Compassion Fund and Tough Enough to Wear Pink.