Trail Blazer

Posted on: Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Monica Hoel
Penny Garrett French (E&H '90) will be remembered for many things, but most especially she will be remembered for starting the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer.

The December 10, 2014, Bristol Herald Courier carried a front page story about an E&H alumna who started a tradition that her family plans to carry on. Penny French Garrett (E&H '90) died earlier in December of 2014 from the same type of cancer that has been brought into the public eye by ABC-TV news host Robin Roberts.  

When Penny first received her diagnosis, she was told it would take a miracle for her to survive. In the BHC article, her husband states that that weren't willing to accept defeat and traveled to the MD Anderson clinic in Texas where she received treatment that extended her life.

And Penny used that time for helping others.

In 2010 she and her family started the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer with proceeds going to MD Anderson -- the clinic that had given her extra time. Since 2010, the event has raised and donated around $450,000 for cancer research. The event features a 17-mile ride and a 5K walk, and attracts between 500 and 700 people to Damascus to participate.

Now that Penny's work is done, her family has pledged to continue the event that occurs in the summer. 

Read the full Bristol Herald Courier story here.



Photo: David Crigger BHC

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