Here at Tubbs Snowshoes, we have a history of getting involved in the outdoor community; inspiring healthy, active lifestyles not just in the winter, but year-round. To support our community, we make an effort to support non-profit organizations that have similar values. We have a long-standing relationship with the Susan G. Komen Snowshoe for a Cure events and we are proud to support the New England and Colorado chapters again in 2018.
Recently, we asked some of the 2017 Komen New England Snowshoe for the Cure® participants to tell us why they take part in this annual Vermont-based event. Here is one of their answers, and stay tuned to our blog for future inspirational stories.
Alyson Gryzb, of Sunderland, Vermont, is the Captain of Team P-Ruby, pictured here at the 2017 Komen New England Snowshoe for the Cure®. Alyson is in the back row, 2nd from right.
Alyson’s Story: “During the summer of 2003 my mom, Paula Ruby, was diagnosed with breast cancer. When January 2004 rolled around, I heard an advertisement for the Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer (hosted by Tubbs Snowshoes, Inc.) on the radio. I knew it was something I had to do.
I contacted my sister, and she and her husband made plans to join my boyfriend (now husband) and I in our first Romp. That year we raised about $1500 and snowshoed over the Stratton Golf Course.
The next year my mother’s diagnosis had become terminal and we were more determined than ever to put up a fight and raise money for this great cause. We invited a few more couples to join us and Team P-Ruby began to grow, raising about $10,000 and stomped through the Nordic Trails at Stratton Mountain’s Sun Bowl.
In June of 2005 my mom lost her battle, but we continued to fight. For the next few years our team grew and we fundraised close to $20,000 each year.
Although our fundraising has tapered off a bit over these past few years, our team still stomps strong. Since 2004, we have raised a total of over $150,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Participating in the Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, now called Snowshoe for the Cure®, has become a tradition for the members of Team P-Ruby. By continuing our support of this cause we hope that someday no one will have to lose their mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or other family member or friend to this disease.”
If you’re in the New England area and would like to participate in the event, or simply to learn more, please go to their website here. Registrants of the event will also receive a special gift from Tubbs Snowshoes to help you prepare for the day.