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Local teacher takes on 53-Mile Pride Ride Challenge in support of LGBTQ youth suicide prevention

Teacher Kathy Blakemore, accompanied by her dog Sunny, will be taking on the 53-Mile Pride Ride Challenge in support of LGBTQ youth suicide prevention. Photo provided by Kathy Blakemore.

Kathy Blakemore, a science and physical education teacher in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD), is participating in The Trevor Project’s 53-Mile Pride Ride Challenge.

Blakemore, a long-time Canyon Lake resident, is undertaking this challenge in support of LGBTQ youth suicide prevention and in honor of her LGBTQ friends. “They matter, they are loved, and they are worthy,” Blakemore said.

Throughout June, Blakemore will be cycling, jogging, and walking a total of 53 miles, often accompanied by her dog Sunny.

This marks Blakemore’s second time participating in the challenge. In 2022, Blakemore raised about $300 for LGBTQ youth suicide prevention. She has also taken part in century rides (100 miles a day) for the Leukemia Society.

After 37 years of teaching in the LEUSD, Blakemore plans to retire next year. She said she is looking forward to having more time walking, cycling, kayaking, and volunteering for the Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau, where she currently serves on its Education Committee.

To donate to Blakemore’s goal of reaching $500, click here.

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