Women on Wheels Battle Breast Cancer
by: Rod Rice, August 24, 2009 4:08:19 am
It's a group of more than 100 women called "Harley's Angels". Their goal is to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise money for breast cancer research.
"We've raised over 400-thousand."
That's Harley's Angels Director Dr. Candy Lockhart. The money is split between the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and MD Anderson's Breast Cancer Research and Prevention Fund.
Harley's Angels also has a non-profit volunteer organization called "Cruzin to Cure".
"It in itself has raised over 200-thousand for very small cancer organizations in Houston, so if you combine the two cumulatively we've done over 600-thousand in the seven years."
When they aren't raising money they like to ride. Most member's have their own motorcycles or ride as passengers.
Kimen Metzger is a cancer survivor who began riding as an adult.
"I was going to do something outrageous for my 40th birthday and it was either going to be a Corvette or a Harley. And so I picked the Harley, took the lessons and my first trip was to Milwaukee for the 90th Harley Davidson anniversary."
Candy Lockhart has been riding since she was 16 and loves the long distance ride.
"I've ridden to Canada. I've ridden to Mexico, Mazatlan, jumped a ferry, gone over to Cabo San Lucas and come up the Baja coast so a 5000 mile trip's been my longest trip."
Brandy Reed recently took a bike trip to South Dakota. She and her mother both ride motorcycles. It was her mother who first saw a Harley's Angels booth.
"And she said 'come on', and I looked at her...followed along like I do like a little duck. Mom was very interested in it, I was a little skeptical. I went and researched the web site. Of course, I work at M-D Anderson and we've got five girls that work at MD Anderson that are members. I hunted them down, asked them questions and thought, OK, pretty good organization."
Harley's Angels main fund raising tool is its annual calendar. Kimen Metzger says the first calendar in 2003 was so well received it's become an annual production; one the angels are very proud of.
"Normally when people think of women on Harley's and motorcycle calendars they think of the scantily clad women, but this calendar is so nicely done, normal everyday women. You can give it to your grandmother and she'll cherish it."
For cancer survivor Kimen Metzger being a Harley's Angel is more than an opportunity to ride with friends and raise money.
"It helps me to share my story with women, hopefully giving them some hope, definitely giving them a shoulder to lean on. It keeps me aware that even though there's a lot of progress we're not done fighting yet."
The calendar does have a center fold, but this one is full of information about breast cancer and breast cancer resources. The 2010 calender will be unveiled September 13th. To find out more about the calender launch and Harley's Angel's visit www-dot-harleysangels-dot-org.