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Man rides to fight cancer in children

June 21, 2011
  • Chris Blethen guides his team of four horses northbound on U.S. 11 just south of the Pennsylvania line Tuesday morning. Blethen is on a ride to raise awareness about children with cancer. His ride began in March in Dallas, he will turn around in Manhattan, N.Y., then return to Dallas.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Chris Blethen guides his team of four horses northbound on U.S. 11 just south of the Pennsylvania line Tuesday morning. Blethen is on a ride to raise awareness about children with cancer. His ride began in March in Dallas, he will turn around in Manhattan, N.Y., then return to Dallas.

Blethen lost a kidney to cancer five years ago and has helped with fundraising events since. "I want to raise awareness for children with cancer," he said. "I want to change that."

The father of three left his job breaking and raising horses, and bartending at large events to raise money for Heroes for Children. The foundation helps meet the basic needs of families who have children with cancer.

Blethen's team of four horses walks no more than 20 miles each day, sometimes less. "Horses have right of way on every road in the nation, except the interstate," Blethen said. His route has been entirely along roadways so he has more opportunities to meet people and explain the reason for his trip.

For more information, go to www.heroesforchildren.org.

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