Born to be wild bikers don pink for breast cancer ride
THE sight of 200 motorcycles is always a spectacle, but even more so when the riders are decked out in pink.
Yesterday almost 200 riders took part in the Bums on Bikes annual breast cancer ride.
Gladstone organiser Petra Sutton said this was the ninth year the ride had been held.
"Every year, the northern end of the ride meets here in Gladstone at Bunnings and then we ride down through Miriam Vale to Granite Creek to meet up with the southern end of the ride,
"The main organiser of Bums on Bikes is Noddy Groundstrom from Bundaberg. She's a breast cancer survivor herself."
There was an array of black and pink on display, with many participants dressing up their bikes for the ride.
The ride left from Bunnings Warehouse Gladstone at 9.30am and headed south on Kirkwood Rd.
Ms Sutton said helping find a cure for cancer was important to the majority of community members.
"I lost my aunt to breast cancer and my mother is now in remission," she said.
"These days everyone knows someone who has been affected."
When asked how long she has been riding a bike, Anny (Isme) Scuderi puts it simply - too long.
For many years, Anny was riding in memory of her father.
"I lost my father to cancer and I've always been supportive of charity work," she said.
"The people are great and it's wonderful to show our support for those living with cancer and the survivors."
However, for the past two years, she's been riding as a survivor.
In 2010 Anny was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
"I underwent radiation and the whole treatment process," Anny said.
"I used to just turn up for the ride, but now it means a lot more to me."
Anny has now been in remission for more than two years.
"Fundraisers like this are very important because going through cancer is very costly," Anny said.
"Not everyone can afford the treatment."
All of the funds raised will go to cancer support in regional Queensland.