SOUTHHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – One cancer survivor is giving back by raising money for the Mercy Medical Centers sister Caritas Cancer center. 22News found out just how many people this event has reached, and helped.
“A lot of people got cancer and they need the help and that’s why I’m here.”
Hundreds of motorcyclists and volunteers gathered in Southampton to kick off the fourth annual “Wicked in Pink” motorcycle run.
“This all started back in 2013 because of my battle with cancer…I had neck cancer and I was down for a full year. The motorcycle community picked up and did some great things for me and this is my way to pay it forward.”
The riders didn’t let the rainy weather stop them from showing up to raise money for the patient services fund at the Sister Caritas cancer center.
Each rider paid a 20 dollar fee which included a pink pancake breakfast where everyone gathered before heading out on the ride.
The motorcyclists will depart from Harley Davidson in Southampton and travel 44 miles to the American Legion post 275 in Chicopee. All of the proceeds raised during the run will go towards helping cancer patients pay their medical bills. For many, the emotional and financial struggle with cancer is all too familiar.
“I have family members that have gone through breast cancer I’m also a cancer survivor, so it’s a well-deserved ride.”
Another rider said “There’s a personal involvement to this I want to help as many people as I can and bring awareness. Our color is pink but it’s not just for breast cancer it helps patients with all types of cancer.”
Wicked in Pink has raised and donated over 20,000 thousand dollars since 2013.