Women of Legacy
The “Women of Legacy Award” was presented to the Riding for
the Cure Group for their contributions toward cancer care in Butler and
Armstrong Counties. What began as a small group of concerned friends,
five years ago, has evolved into an annual breast cancer awareness motorcycle
ride that today involved hundreds of people. Last year’s ride, held
on the last Saturday in July had 357 motorcycles, some with multiple riders.
Since forming, the group has raised over $129,000 to benefit cancer services
in Butler and Armstrong Counties.
Each year the ride, held on the last Saturday of July, is dedicated in
honor of someone who is battling cancer. Monies raised help patients with
treatments, medications, and gas cards used for traveling to appointments.
In addition to the annual ride, the group also collects hair donations
for wigs and hair halos and underwrites the cost of these items, they
provide cancer care bags that include items to help patients who are undergoing
chemo and radiation therapy, as well as with numerous other fundraising
events held throughout the year.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we,” noted
Riding for the Cure President, Lynda Kerr. For information on other Riding
for the Cure events, visit their Facebook page.
The “Women of Legacy Award” honors those who have notably contributed
to the health and well-being of the Butler county community through excellence
in patient care, overcoming personal illness or crisis, or improving some
aspect of our community’s health. This award was instituted through
a donation from William A. DiCuccio, M.D. in memory of his mother, Catherine
Mae DiCuccio. Mrs. DiCuccio had an intense desire to see that medical
care in Butler was the best that it could be. As a wife, mother, hospital
auxilian, and a community volunteer, she was a woman who understood the
essence of family and the fullest sense of healthy living - spiritually,
emotionally and physically.