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Biker Dad: Motorcycles and pink firetrucks hit the roads to fight cancer

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Pink firetrucks. Did you see them on the streets and highways across the mid-south Saturday and wonder "what’s that all about?" The Pink Heals tour came through town and teamed up with bikers to fight cancer. 

“We’ve got our second annual Pink Heals Memphis/Mid-South motorcycle ride presented by Leatherwood Motorcycle Works," said Todd Conklin of Pink Heals Memphis, "We’re doing a dice run. We’ll start out here at 11:00 and we’ll end at Bumpus Harley-Davidson”

Pink Heals is a national organization that was founded by a former firefighter. The group uses pink firetrucks to get attention for their cause.  “Basically it’s a celebration of life..and we use our mothers, women, to raise money and keep it local,” said Pink Heals nation founder Dave Graybill. "Memphis is one of our oldest chapters and one of our best chapters, inspiring the community. As we celebrate and raise money for people living in our own communities, just keep it local, raise some money, give a hug, tell her you love her."

Hundreds of bikers rode alongside the firetrucks through Memphis and North Mississippi. It turns out bikers across the nation are some of the biggest supporters of the cause. "It’s unbelievable and most of the biker clubs across the country are starting to support our trucks wherever they go. We would like to do a run to the White House in 3 or 4 years with all the bikers joining all the firetrucks as we run to the White House”

“It’s a tight knit community. Everybody always shows up and supports whatever cause. I think they do it just because they like to ride and need a reason to get out of the house,” said Luke Leatherwood of Leatherwood Motorcycle works, who hosted the event. 

If you are interested in getting involved, check out the Pink Heals Memphis Facebook page or follow the national organization on Facebook here.

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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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