PATTON, MO (KFVS) - Horse lovers took advantage of the nice day to not only go for a ride, but to raise money to fight cancer.
It's a ride to benefit St. Jude's and fight children's cancer. It's something that's touched many of the lives of the Jackson Trail Riders.
The cowboys, cowgirls and their horses saddled up Sunday at Patton Junction.
This is the 14th year for the event and they hope to raise several thousand dollars through donations and a big auction.
Riders say they feel blessed to be able to get out with their friends and do what they love to do, something they don't take for granted.
They say it's one of many reasons why it means so much to them to raise funds to help the boys and girls of St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
"When you see them little kids and the things they do for the little kids it just breaks your heart, and when it breaks your heart you just open your wallet and you start to give," said Ivan Maika, with the Jackson Trail Riders. "And, that's what it's all about. We're just here for a short period of time on this earth and we need to give back.
Every dollar from today's ride goes towards saving a child at St. Jude's where no family ever pays for anything
Daily operating cost for St. Jude's is $1.7 million. It's money that mostly comes from public contributions and fund raisers just like the one today.
Look for more on this story tonight on Heartland News.