Troy Hicks, the building supervisor for the Muskogee Civic Center, said he would be rolling out his 2008 Harley Fat Boy for the first Women Who Care Breast Cancer Awareness Ride on Saturday.
“I think this is something everyone needs to come out and support,” Hicks said. “I love riding motorcycles, and all of us know someone who has dealt with cancer.”
The event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, which is when registration opens. At 8:30, the riders will have an opportunity to listen to former Muskogee Mayor Wren Stratton and Cassandra Gaines, both event coordinators, talk about the Women Who Care organization.
Gaines said she was part of a trio of women who founded Women Who Care in 2000.
“It was me, Wren, and Muriel Saunders,” Gaines said. “We set out to be able to provide mammograms for women who can’t afford them or don’t have any insurance.”
The ride will encompass the Muskogee, Fort Gibson, Tahlequah, and Lake Tenkiller areas, before hopping on Oklahoma 80 for the return trip to Muskogee. The route is titled the “Winding Star Journey.”
Gaines said the response to the event already has been overwhelming, and they are looking forward to a great turnout.
“This is the first year for it, but it’s something our riders wanted to do,” Gaines said. “We’re going to give pink bandanas to the first 200 riders. We want everyone to come take part in this event. Even if cancer hasn’t affected someone in your family, please come out to support us.”
Hicks said he is personally dedicating his ride to Gaines, who is a breast cancer survivor and a good friend.
“$20 is cheap price to pay to help save a life,” he said.
If you go
WHAT: First Women Who Care Breast Cancer Awareness Ride.
WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: West side of the Muskogee Civic Center, Fifth and Boston streets.
COST: $20 per rider.