Motorcyclists help raise money for cancer research

Sunday's ride will started off with a pink pancake breakfast.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Rain kept the wicked pink motorcycle run from holding their ride Sunday, but bikers still gathered to raise money for Sister Caritas Cancer Center in Springfield.

Though rain kept the wicked in pink motorcycle run off the road Sunday morning, the weather wasn’t enough to keep the riders from raising money for a good cause.

Bob Kaine Alves, the charity’s founder and a cancer survivor himself, said “I decided I wanted to pay it forward, and I found the patient services fund which helps to alleviate the financial burdens placed on patients when they are first diagnosed. We have helped mortgages we have put dinners on the table for families, because that’s one of the scariest things other than knowing that you have cancer”.

The charity raises money for the Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center. Riders still gathered on Sunday for breakfast at Harley Davidson in Southampton before heading to Chicopee for an afternoon celebration.

People didn’t let the rain put a damper on the day, piling their plates with pink pancakes and representing the color of the ride with costumes, helmets, and wigs.

Michael Clarke, a Chicopee resident,  survived cancer once before. He said after receiving bad news from his doctor last week, the wicked motorcycle run was there to support him.

Clarke said “I thought I was done, and last Friday I did a test and they found five tumors. It’s a support system. Because without the support system, you have nothing. You’ll just basically fall apart, and that’s why I came here”.

The group gathered Sunday afternoon for a party at the American Legion in Chicopee to celebrate their contributions to a good cause.