Riders in 2013
Total raised for cancer cures
2013 Opening Ceremony entertainment: LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes is a country star most well-known for her 1996 release of the Bill Mack song “Blue” at age 13, which helped her become the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972. In 2008, Rimes lent her voice to the song “Just Stand Up,” with its proceeds supporting Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). With her help, SU2C was able to award $73.6 million towards cancer research.
Rimes has won two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music award. She has also released 10 studio albums and four compilation albums through her record label of 13 years, Asylum-Curb, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996.
Rimes has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990-00 decade.
2013 Opening Ceremony speaker: Dave Dravecky
Dave Dravecky was first placed in the public spotlight in the late 1980s when his career took off as a major league baseball pitcher, a “southpaw” for the San Francisco Giants. Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream, Dravecky was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. The next years were a whirlwind of surgery, radiation, pain and depression, all in the glaring light of the media. Eventually, Dravecky’s arm was amputated to stop the cancer from spreading and save his life.
Since that time, Dravecky has been sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of the journey. In 1991, Dravecky and his wife Jan founded Endurance, a nonprofit offering comfort, encouragement and hope to those who are going through difficult journeys.