It was last October when Kathy Lopeman started organizing the 8th Annual Way Out Women (WOW) ride to benefit local patients on the Peninsula battling cancer. Delova Garcia otherwise known as "Mama Smurf" was the first to sign up and she was followed by race time by another 109 ladies and their sleds that raised nearly $76,000 for the cause. The ladies arrived with their machines and support cabana boys Saturday, February 25th at Freddie's Road House 15 miles way out Oil Well Rd. in Ninilchik and 16 miles from nowhere. "The Way Out Women have come through once again
To help out friends, family and community members with there fight against cancer," proclaimed Lopeman, "Costumes were donned and fifty miles of great snow was covered. Our top teams were the Caribou Hills Bunnies at $10,900.00, Team XTO Red Solo Cup B raised $7,015.00 and Sis's Sisters the flying Nuns came in at $2,395.00. Chris Calabrese was our individual winner with a total of $10,400.00 and second was Cheryl Tichenor with $4,855.00 and third was Terri Segressor at $1,885.00" reported Kathy.
Back in October when Lopeman and her friends got together to organized the 8th WOW ride, the set a lofty goal of raising $75,000.00 at this year's event and then with the help of an out cry and silent auction and the Wild & Wooly bra sale broke their lofty goal according to Lopeman by over $1,000.00, "Some of these creative bras were modeled and sold, some were sold on just their own merits and did we ever have fun.
We haven't stopped counting yet but I'm sure we'll be well over $76,000.00 and that means over the last 8 years of the event we've raised over $300,000.00 that has all gone to help cancer patients from Seward to Homer," she said.
Ed Krohn is the chairman of the board for the Kenai Peninsula Health Foundation and WOW cabana boy who donned a Donald Trump style hair piece at the event and said it all started with a 40 acre donation of land, "That was the spark plug that put the first money into the Foundation. We sold that land and started using the proceeds to help local patients in need, it's a place where people can get help with no strings attached, no government requirements it's all help that comes from our private non-profit to the folks in need of almost anything from respiratory therapy to transportation home from their treatment," explained Krohn. "I would like to personally thank our community, the riders, and all those who reached out to make this WOW ride such a success. I can't begin to personally mention everyone that has been so much help, but thanks to all who donated items, gave contributions and rode their sleds. Thank-you all from the bottom of my heart, I have heard that ladies are already preparing for next year which we've scheduled for February 23rd at Freddie's," said Lopeman. For information on how to contribute to the Kenai Peninsula Health Foundation, contact Cathy Gensel at 714-4626. To learn more about Freddie's Road House & cabins go to www.freddiesroadhouse.com "We have the best Louisianan style burgers for 16 miles cuz there's nothin' else around for 16 miles," says Freddie.