Issaquah manager training for Ride to Empower

September 22, 2009

By Staff

Irma Dore and her son, Chris, are training for an experience of a lifetime — the Breast Cancer Network of Strength’s Ride to Empower, a destination bike ride Oct. 22 – 25 in Red Rock Canyon, Nev.The pair will join cyclists from all across the country to raise $400,000 to help breast cancer research.

“My son and I are riding in honor of my mother, Theresa Kortright, who is celebrating six years of survivorship,” said Dore, 48, a senior project manager at Port Blakely Communities in Issaquah. “I really admire her for the grace and strength she had throughout her journey with breast cancer.”

The Ride to Empower takes place in the Mojave Desert, a few miles west of Las Vegas. Cyclists can choose from a range of ride distances, from less than 32 miles to 100 miles, all with unforgettable, majestic views through red-colored sandstone formations that give Red Rock Canyon its name.

“I’m aiming to ride all 100 miles,” Dore said. “I am a very beginning cyclist. The Ride to Empower is a wonderful way to honor my mom, do something for myself, by making time to train and get out there on my bike, and also raise money for a great organization that is reaching so many women and families who are affected by breast cancer in our community.”

To support Dore, go to

The Breast Cancer Network of Strength provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer through the YourShoes 24/7 breast cancer support center, which includes the country’s only toll-free breast cancer hotline staffed exclusively by breast cancer survivors.

Breast Cancer Network of Strength raises money to fund YourShoes, several outreach programs, breast health awareness workshops, wigs and prostheses banks for women with limited resources, and advocacy regarding breast cancer related policies.

Locally, funds raised also support A Day for You, a monthly event providing free-of-charge clinical breast exams and mammograms in underserved communities in Western Washington.

Learn more about the Breast Cancer Network of Strength at

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