I revisiting an event that took place yesterday, because I think the results of this wonderful charity event are worth sharing. Let me first say that I am not a "Biker". The only true experience I've ever had was riding a dirt bike on the beaches of Daytona Beach when I was a kid and they had governors to control the speed. So, I am not a "Biker", but yesterday, I witnessed the arrival of 1139 motorcycles and 1639 "Bikers" to the parking lot of Rubber City Harley Davidson, Howe and Main, at Chapel Hill. I was there to emcee the beginning of the 10th Annual Bikers for Boobs, to benefit Stewarts Caring Place, in Fairlawn, in the continuing fight against Breast Cancer.
What has impressed me the most in the 3 years I have been involved with this event is the "Bikers" themselves. They come with open hearts and pay $20 per person to participate. In return, they get a Biker's for Boobs T-shirt (If they registered early), breakfast in the parking lot, then a four hour ride with various "Poker Run" stops, usually at watering holes along the predesignated route and then following the ride, it's the "after party", this year at the Summit County Fairgrounds Arena, because this ride has outgrown most other venues. At the Fairgrounds, dinner and beverages are provided as part of their $20 fee, prizes are awarded for the best "Poker Hand", there was a 50/50 drawing and some raffle prizes, too, along with live music.
These "Bikers" joined the fight against Breast Cancer, not because they had to, but because they wanted to. They spent their entire day Sunday, burning their own gas and doing what they love. They love to ride and in this case, they loved to help in the fight against Breast Cancer. I can guarantee you this, Stewart's Caring Place is going to be getting a BIG CHECK, 100% of the proceeds as a matter of fact. Money that will be put to use immediately, educating and offering support to the victims of this disease, to the survivors and to the families, because cancer doesn't just attack the victim, it attacks the family and friends, too.
You know it wasn't that long ago, when the term "Bikers" was thought of as a derogatory term regarding motorcycle riders, but the people that made up this ride are parents, grand parents, brothers and sisters and spouses of cancer victims and survivors, all remembering those whose lives were taken from us too soon. Perhaps "Bikers" means "Angels on Two Wheels", because that's what they are to me. God Bless them and their efforts in the fight against Breast Cancer and you can bet that God willing, they and myself will be back there next August for the 11th Annual Bikers for Boobs. To see the Akron Biker's for Boobs Facebook page, click here