Back to the '80s with Mush for a Cure

It’s time to paint the town red…no pink!...again. The 2013 
Mush for a Cure will be held Friday and Saturday, March 8-9 on the 
Gunflint Trail. Shake your cabin fever and come out for fun at this 
amazing fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
There will be delicious pasta and dancing at Windigo Lodge on Friday 
night. The theme is back to the 80s, so find those parachute pants or 
leggings, pouf up your hair and get ready to party like a pop star—in 
pink, of course!
Part of the hilarity will be The Bald, The Brave and The Beautiful 
event. Three Cook County businessmen have put their heads on the line. 
There is a competition to see which man can raise the most money to 
fight breast cancer. If enough money is raised, all three will have 
their head shaved—in front of the partying crowd. Taking part in the 
crazy spring fever event is Bruce Kerfoot of Gunflint Lodge who is in 
the lead at this time with $1,550 in donations. Forrest Parson o
Hungry Jack is close behind with $1,485 and Scott Harrison of Lutsen 
Resort was not far behind with $1,055 in pledges.
If you’d like to push the men over the line to baldness, consider 
donating today. You can do it quickly and easily on-line at
  - click on “Donate” and look for the name of whom you want to see 
Or you can select your favorite musher to donate to. At press time, 
MFAC has already raised almost $20,000. Organizers are hoping to top 
what was raised last year, $41,000. Since the event began in 2008, 
approximately $148,000 has been raised for the National Breast Cancer 
And a lot of fun has been had. Watching pink-clad mushers and dogs 
travel from Gunflint to Poplar Lake is a sight sure to cure cabin 
fever. There are prizes for the participants who raise the most 
pledges; the most money; the first team to the Gunflint Trail; the not-
so-coveted pink lantern (last team in) and the crowd-pleasing best-
dressed dog team.
For folks that are not mushers but still want to take part, there are 
also competitions—the human dog sled races on Poplar Lake. And there 
is a chance to win the most outrageous pink outfit award. It will be 
hard to top winner Ashlin Woodley who donned a pink bathing suit in 
2012. How will you get your pink on?
There is definitely a serious side to all the fun. Each year someone 
who has faced the challenge of breast cancer is named as the Mush for 
a Cure honoree. This year, the community is recognizing Pam Taylor of 
Grand Marais, teacher and athletic director at Cook County High 
School, who is undergoing treatment now. Best wishes to Pam from all 
of the MFAC participants!
On Friday and Saturday, in addition to fun MFAC gear, there will be 
pink sky balloons for sale. Write a memorial or an honorarium of a 
friend or relative who has been affected by breast cancer. Then, be at 
Poplar Lake at dusk to see the lighted balloons soar into the night. A 
beautiful end to a wonderful community event.