Cancer seemingly touches everyone at one point or another during their lifetime. In fact, nearly 40% of men and women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The farrier industry has been proactive in supporting cancer research including the Pink Apron Charity and Dan Bradley’s “Sassy Pink” nippers. As farriers in the northern states prepare for winter shoeing, Ray Steele wanted to do his part. The Gill, Mass., farrier has created pink snow pads — both in bubble and rim styles. He will donate 25% from each sale to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Both institutions are renowned for their research and successful treatment of cancer
“This past year, I noticed an uptick in folks who I know having all kinds of cancers,” says Steele, who owns and operates HorseShoes Unlimited farrier supply shop. “In January, there were some close to home, so I thought, why not? I was going to bring some to the International Hoof-Care Summit, but some circumstances prevented me from showing up to my usual booth. Next thing you know, winter snow pad season is upon us.”