Lady bikers target breast cancer battle

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By Pat Faherty

The theme of a motorcycle ride this Saturday morning is “Help Save Our Breasts.”

Billed as the “1st Annual Lady’s Freedom Ride,” it is the anchor event for a day of activities to raise funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.

The ride starts and activities take place at Harley-Davidson of Crystal River. The event is being put on by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. It is sponsored by the Harley dealership and other area businesses and organizations.

“It’s going on rain or shine,” said organizer Rebecca Prince, who has been working with a team of volunteers to pull everything together. “It’s an all-day event.”

All bikers are welcome to participate in the ride. Registration starts at 9 a.m. There will be a prayer and blessing and the ride starts at 10 a.m. She explained single lady bikers will go first, followed by couples then single male riders.

The ride stops at the Dam Pub, Lake Panasoffkee, IRRU Family Social Club, Inverness, where there will be a buffet for riders, and Sleepy Hollow in Floral City. She said it is not a poker run, so no fee will be charged. Instead, riders can make a voluntary contribution at sign-up.

As the bikes take off, the live music kicks in, provided by a variety of musicians who have donated their time. Other highlights are the “thidy whidey” male bike wash, three-legged race, men’s hula hoop contest, a wheelbarrow race, cornhole competition and Hoppy Ball race for women.

Prince said they will have a cake walk with donated baked goods, plus door prizes, drawings and auctions throughout the day. They will also have event T-shirts.

“We’ve had a lot of nice items donated,” said Prince. “We plan to do this every year.”

“It should be a blast,” said Russell Silverman, foundation executive director. “We intend to bring resources to the area with the funds they raise.”

The foundation is dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education and research. It was behind the specialty End Breast Cancer Florida license plate that debuted in 2002.

Silverman said the license plate sales have raised about $5 million. And last year, it was the 20th most popular Florida specialty tag out of the 120 offered by the state.
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