I Wear PINK: Inaugural Motorcycle Ride

By Rachel Martin

September 24, 2012 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Sunday marked the Inaugural "I Wear PINK” ride. About 100 people gathered at Lucky Harley Davidson to begin the journey to finding the cure for breast cancer.

The Inaugural “I Wear PINK” ride is the first of its kind in Northeast Indiana. It’s a motorcycle ride, put on by Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, Francine's Friends, Lucky Harley Davidson and 21Alive, to raise money to fight a disease that affects so many lives.

“Breast Cancer is a disease that has touched every single family in this country,” said Scott Wyman, General Manager at Lucky Harley Davidson. “It brings people together and it's time we all get together and raise enough funds to find a cure for this illness.”

About 100 people braved the fall breeze to make the 25 mile ride from Lucky Harley Davidson on Illinois Road to the Memorial Coliseum for Cyclefest. Each rider received an IWP Inaugural ride t-shirt, and part of the $20 registration fee benefits the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For Hope Rager and her supporters, the ride was a bit longer. They rode about an hour from Ohio City just for the I Wear PINK ride.

“It's overwhelming almost,” she said about the ride.

Rager was diagnosed with breast cancer over a month ago, but has high spirits.

“I've been very blessed. I've been very lucky. I haven't had really any side effects. Really I don't feel sick. The only reason you can tell is because I have no hair, so that's about it for me,” she said with a smile.

Jaime Turner is a breast cancer survivor. She’s been cancer free for a year and four months. Turner says she loves motorcycles, but was unable to ride Sunday, so her uncles rode for her. She says she’s not letting the disease keep her from living.

“I wanted to be here. I wanted to be one of the first. I hope there's one every year and I will here every year,” said Turner.

And every year from now on, Wyman says he'll host the ride and continue the fight.

“Our goal is to get this to where we can raise $100,000 in one day for Parkview Breast Cancer Foundation,” he said.

That way, more families can proudly wear pink and appreciate having their loved ones around.

During the interview with 21Alive, Turner looked at her 4-year-daugther, Taya, and said, “Tell them why you wear pink.” Taya bashfully responded, “Because my mom survives.”

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