This year, Divas For A Cure Annual Cross-Country Breast Cancer Motorcycle Run has reached its third edition and there has already become a custom for Harley to join the hundreds of bikers and fans in their journey to Atlanta.
The event starts on July 19 with a clear goal: raise $100,000. Money will come in form of donations and will be used by Divas For A Cure to prevent and cure breast cancer through educative projects and early detections. The sum has been doubled compared to last year when the “Divas” managed to raise $50.000, money that has been used for breast cancer research.
Engines will start revving on July 16, when the run is scheduled to start, as well as the donations at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Centre – Nellie B. Connally Breast Centre.
Along with Harley-Davidson attendees, the ride features the “Divas” including Founder and President of the organization Jan Emanuel-Costley, Vice-President Aj Coffee, Cynthia Marcy and Elaine Thomas. Road captains will accompany the “Divas” from the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club. The DFAC run will include “Meet and greet” events at various participating Harley-Davidson dealerships along the route where people will have the opportunity to make donations or register to ride. The “Divas” are also scheduled to participate in a VIP tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum on July 22 guided by Curatorial Director, Jim Fricke. “We are very excited to have Jan Emanuel-Costley and her supporters tour our exciting new museum. Similar to Jan’s commitment and passion to bring awareness to breast cancer, we are just as committed to support great efforts like the Divas For A Cure ride and other community-focused initiatives,” said Jim Fricke.
The 6,000-mile ride is scheduled to depart from Brown Mills, N.J., to official kick-off city of Atlanta; Atlanta to Canada; Canada to the National Bikers Roundup in Pennsylvania; down the East Coast; and finally returning back to Atlanta. The meet and greet dates will begin following the initial departure from New Jersey. More details on the route are available online at DivasForACure.
The riders, featuring the “Divas” and members of the Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club, will make their first meet and greet appearance July 16 in Greensboro, N.C. "Our mission is simple. Breast cancer awareness and early detection is key to survival. I am living proof. We are simply ordinary women trying to do extraordinary things to impact the lives of women in our community, and change the image of women in motorcycling. We are committed to the cause until there is a cure," said Jan Emanuel-Costley.
The DFAC motorcycle run includes stops at various Harley-Davidson dealerships where the “Divas” hope the community will show their support by making a donation to the cause, registering to ride with the group to the next city or to support their efforts. Harley-Davidson dealership stops include:
Harley-Davidson of Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C. (July 16)
Harley-Davidson of Clayton County, Morrow, Ga. (July 19)
Harley-Davidson of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. (July 20)
A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson, Columbus, Ohio (July 21)
House of Harley-Davidson, Greenfield, Wisc. (July 22)
Motor City Harley-Davidson, Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 23)
Boston Harley-Davidson, Everett, Mass. (July 25)
Harley-Davidson of Ocean County, Lakewood, N.J. (July 26)
Harley-Davidson reception at the Annual National Bikers Roundup at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg, Pa. (July 31)
Joining up for a noble cause means blending in the passion for motorcycles and the joy of riding with the great opportunity of raising money for people who happen to be less lucky than us and need support. Harley-Davidson has always supported such events and the Cross-Country Breast Cancer Motorcycle Run is definitely a must. We shall be seeing more such actions in the future as motorcyclists are known for their solidarity and help.