Cindy Abbott

Cindy Abbott, age 57, came to Alaska in 2011 to learn how to run sled dogs. At the time she lived with her husband, Larry, in California and worked teaching Health Science at California State University, Fullerton. She immediately fell in love with the sport, the Alaskan people and culture, but most of all; she fell in love with the world’s most amazing athletes – the dogs! After completing the 2015 Iditarod, Cindy and her husband decided Alaska was where they wanted to be. They bought some land in Willow, built a house a few miles from Vern Halter and Susan Whiton’s Dream a Dream Dog Farm, and are proud owners of several sled dogs. Cindy retired from teaching and is working and racing for Dream a Dream Dog Farm.

In 2007, Cindy was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, a serious and rare disease. She is a very active rare disease awareness advocate for the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD).

Racing Experience: Iditarod, Yukon Quest 300, Top of the World 350, Copper Basin 300, Northern Lights 300, and Knik 200.

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