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Biker Dad: A ride with pride will battle breast cancer


Nothing says big bad biker dad like pink. Yes, pink. Mid-south bikers will be going pink Saturday with Bumpus Harley Davidson and the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Riders. 

More than 200,000 women are impacted by breast cancer every year in America. One of those women affected about 5 years ago is the wife of a Memphis Police Officer who is also a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Riders. And that's what inspired the club to start a fundraiser that's now raised a lot of money. “An officer about 5 years ago said his wife had gone through breast cancer and it was in remission, Blue Knights President James "Catdaddy" Malone tells me,  "We were trying to come up with a charity ride so we decided on breast cancer. In the past 5 years we’be raised about $30 thousand.”

The mission is not only to raise money for breast cancer research, but to raise awareness for early detection. “Early detection saved my life. My breast cancer was diagnosed through a yearly mammogram,” Stephanie Turner tells me. Turner is a 3 year survivor and a member of "Caring and Sharing," a non-profit breast cancer support group that will also benefit from the ride. Stephanie will be representing survivors at the event. She feels like it's a calling from God.  “I feel like I’m giving back. By being as transparent as I can with my story, someone will hear that and go get checked," Turner told me, "When I think about how my life was saved through early detection, I feel like I need to give back. It’s a form of thanks, thanking God for saving my life. I just can’t sit back and not share my story.”  

Stephanie doesn't just want women to get checked either. She points out that we big tough biker dudes can get breast cancer too. Every year about 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. About 440 men die each year from breast cancer.“That’s what the ride is about to get men and women to get themselves checked and they’re raising money for research to eradicate breast cancer," Turner says. 

The ride will end at Bumpus Harley Davidson-Memphis, " Bumpus feels very strongly about being involved in community events and fundraisers. We try our best to help in anyway we can," says Candida Jagger with Bumpus. "This is our 5th year being a part of this annual ride with the Blue Knights and we enjoy giving the participants a place to congregate and enjoy a cookout with everyone who took part in the fundraiser ride. Everyone is affected by breast cancer in some way or another and this is our way of recognizing the survivors and bringing awareness to the subject. We all want to find a cure and also help to ease the suffering of the women and families currently going through treatment."

Here are the details on the ride from Candida Jagger and Bumpus:

"It’s time to go PINK with Bumpus! The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Riders is having their 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Time is 8AM. Each $20 donation will include a t-shirt, free breakfast and lunch. Escorted parade Ride leaves MPD Northeast Precinct does the 240 loop and ends up at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis for a cook out. Address is 6850 Appling Farms Parkway. All the money raised will go toward Caring & Sharing, The Ladies in Staars and West Clinic to continue their efforts in helping people with Breast Cancer. Great cause, come out and support!"

I will be out there Saturday and hope to see you too. 

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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