Brandi Kashuba of Preeceville was chosen as one of ten core riders for the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles 2019 Mission.
"I’m excited to be chosen as one of the 10 core riders with Prairie Women on Snowmobiles for the 2019 mission. I found out that I was chosen as one of the riders on July 5," said Kashuba.
Kashuba has always loved snowmonbiling and can recall the first snowmobile her father purchased which was a 1978 Citaton.
“I was born in Calgary, Alta. but moved to Preeceville with my family in 2006. Shortly after moving, snowmobiling became a huge part of our winter life.
“After graduating in 2014, Saskatchewan held a huge place in my heart, which then lead to the purchase of our first home in 2015.
“Currently I am living in Preeceville with my boyfriend Emmit, and our two beagles. “During my spare time, outside of work and school, you’ll find me riding my motorcycle, hanging out with my family and friends, farming, and of course snowmobiling.
“For the great love of the snow, it pulled me closer to this club and this cause. I’m joining this mission to help one day find the cure for cancer and help raise awareness for safe snowmobiling. I’m riding in the 2019 mission in honor of my aunt who passed away from cancer 10 years ago, as well as my grandma who is a survivor of breast cancer. “Truly I believe, in my lifetime, there will be a cure, and with this opportunity to ride for such a great cause I get to be one step closer to finding it,” stated Kashuba.
Kashuba has plans to host a rib supper, a raffle and help to sell Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association raffle tickets to help raise awareness and funds for Prairie Women On Snowmobiles.
The other nine rides selected were:
Shawna Leson and Kim Hladun both of Canora;
Jenna Gall, Saskatoon; Kari Petit, Buffalo Narrows; Janis Stanley and Allison Taylor both of Carievale; Brittany Fox, Lampman; Nadine Wiebe, Elma Lake and Arlene Lockinger, Humboldt.
Prairie Women On Snowmobiles is a non-profit organization whose annual Missions are provincial awareness events that are designed to focus attention on breast cancer and snowmobiling as a recreational activity as well as raise funds for Canadian Cancer Society breast cancer research, totalling over $2.3 million to date, stated it information on its website.
In the past four years over $150,000 has also been raised for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency which has been used to purchase equipment for medical facilities in Saskatchewan.
The group was formed by two friends, one a breast cancer survivor, who asked her friend to snowmobile across Saskatchewan to raise funds for breast cancer research. Together the two planned, organized and implemented PWOS. The goal since inception is to have this Mission go across Saskatchewan each and every year to raise funding for breast cancer research.
Each Mission consists of a group of 10 volunteer snowmobilers who travel across Saskatchewan, passing through many cities and towns in six days and covering approximately 1,400 kms. Volunteerism is the whole picture of PWOS women dedicating their time, resources, and sleds to help make the Missions so successful.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women, according to the website.