family participates in "Purple Ride"
The extended families of Edna Ruhoff and the late Walt Ruhoff met at Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene, Aug. 28th for the region’s first “Purple Ride”. The bicycle ride, with walking options, was held on the Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail and sponsored by the area affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The Network is nation in scope and was founded in 1999 to raise awareness of the disease, assist patients and their families with information and support and raise funds for private research. With almost 200 bikers, walkers and many “virtual” riders, $20,000 was raised to help battle Pancreatic Cancer. Bicycle riders included several Ruhoff children, grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Jeff Thaxton, grandson of the Ruhoff’s and member of the network, formulated the plan for the ride to honor his Grandfather. His sister, Christa Thaxton, is also on the committee and both worked throughout the year to set up the event and gain corporate sponsorships. After the ride, a picnic was held at the park, complete with live music, a raffle and family entertainment. Many local residents donated to the ride and it is hoped it will become a yearly family event and make a difference in combating this deadly cancer.