In Memory of the Ones We Love

If there ever comes a day we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. -A.A. Milne

‘“Breast cancer”…the words stung my ears as I sat with my mother staring at a doctor
who rattled off her diagnosis as if it was the common cold.  These words, this diagnosis, is life altering.  Your world stands still in a flash as everyone else keeps moving along.  My mother, Ruth Thomas, battled breast cancer from 2002 until March of 2006.  You never know someone’s courage until you see them fight for their life and live by faith.’ – Carrie Bair

To keep the memory of Ruth Thomas in the hearts of many. Advantage Lancaster Co-Founders Ty Bair and Shayne Meadows started Pink Lancaster, and the Ruth Thomas Day of Action.

“It is an honor that Advantage Lancaster is remembering my mother in this capacity.  She was a humble woman and never liked the limelight- but I know she believes in helping youth and the local community. My mother was an early childhood educator for over 20 years.  She enjoyed the way learning impacted a child’s development and growth. I know she would be proud of the work and impact Advantage Lancaster has had on the lives of so many youth.  Together, we can take one step at a time to bring awareness and a sense of hope to those who are on this journey.  Join us to take action!”  – Carrie Bair

This year 50% of the proceeds raised during PINK LANCASTER will go to the Ann Barshinger Cancer Institute and 30% will go to Tour de Pink. Tour de Pink is organized by YSC (Young Survivors Coalition), which is an organization that supports young women battling breast cancer. The ride this year was a 3 day venture that spanned 3 states and covered almost 250 miles. Day 1 was 86 miles, day 2 was 101 miles and the final day was 57 miles. An Advantage Lancaster friend, Gordon Hoover, rode in memory of his Mother.
“My team was called team Clydesdale due to the large size of many of our male riders. Overall there were about 250 riders. This year we raised over $800,000 dollars! Most everyone who rode or volunteered for the ride has some type of personal connection to breast cancer. For me, my mother had the disease. She battled it for over 24 years before she finally defeated it and died in 2006. Her name was Elisabeth Hoover and she was a teacher in the School District of Lancaster for many years. The ride itself was incredibly difficult. It was an experience that I’ll never forget! If I’m able to raise enough money again, I’ll ride next year as well.” – Gordon Hoover