A biker with a goal in his head and determination in his heart began a journey March 20 that he won’t complete until June 10. Bob Hood, Volunteer Executive Director for 3 Country Ride, has departed Duncan after a morning visit with Mayor Ritchie Dennington. Hood’s goal is simple: to raise money for breast cancer research.
Hood began his 4,150 journey in Tijuana, Mexico. The road doesn’t stop for Hood until he reaches St. Stephen, Canada. His next stop after Duncan was in Chickasha, about 36 miles straight north.
“A lot of people tell me I’m crazy for this,” Hood said. “You’ll never accomplish anything great by doing meek things.”
Each morning of the 83 day journey, Hood stops to conduct a live interview with prominent town members wherever he is along his journey. His stop in Duncan with Dennington allowed both his Facebook viewers and Hood to learn Duncan’s history.
For Dennington, the most important thing was the funds which would be raised by Hood for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
“We all know somebody who has been touched by breast cancer,” Dennington said. “It is imperative to continue research and find a cure for this disease.”
Hood said he had a personal reason for undertaking this mission: his mother is a two time breast cancer survivor, and most recently a family friend of his survived the same disease, too.
“I have had both family and friends stricken by this horrible disease,” Hood said. “This is my part in helping keep not only them, but the over 300,000 women in the U.S. that are diagnosed with this cancer each year, and the 40,000 plus who are expected to die this year, safe from this disease in the future, or keeping it from afflicting them in the first place — at least that is my hope.”
Hood checks in with his followers several times throughout the course of the day. He begins the day with an interview, the second update at noon serves as an update from the road, and the last check in around 8 p.m. each night wraps up the day for Hood and for viewers. Event Coordinator Ron Calabrese keeps updates going on the 3 Country Ride Facebook throughout the day.
Hood said 100 percent of the proceeds go straight to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.