A mother whose daughter is receiving treatment at CHEO for a serious skin disease is showing her gratitude to the children's hospital by raising funds for its urgent care unit with an epic horse ride.
Lorie Duff works with horses professionally, and was invited to ride the Gobi Desert Cup -- a six-day, 480-kilometre horseback endurance ride through a desert in Mongolia.
"I've never done anything like this; I'm not an endurance racer at all," said Duff. "So it was a little bit of a thing where I had to sit back and think about it."
Duff's 16-year-old daughter is being treated at CHEO for a serious skin disease. It's not cancerous, but is being treated with chemotherapy. She's responding well to treatment.
"The doctors there, the facilitators, they're just amazing at resolving the issue immediately," Duff told 1310 NEWS.
Duff is dedicating her Gobi Desert Cup ride to CHEO, and is collecting pledges for each kilometre of the ride.