Annual Motorcycle Ride Benefits Cancer Patients

For a decade, leather, twin engines and poker hands have helped raise money for Lenior County residents that have been dealt the toughest hand of their lives.

The 10th annual Ride for the Ribbon from Greenville to Washington and back to Greenville is Oct. 15.

“Breast cancer affects so many people, One in eight,” Addie Best, event coordinator and Marketing Manager for Eastern Radiologists said. “There are so many affected and the loved ones of those affected wanting to support the fight against breast cancer. I think it makes a difference that the funds stay local and help diagnosis and treat breast cancer patients in need right here in Lenoir County (I am not sure if you have ever heard or seen 100 motorcycles rev up their engines and pull out united onto the road, but it is a sight and sound to be hold. It leaves an impression; strength, solidarity, hope.”

While the 100-mile route for the ride has not changed in 10 years, the event T-shirts and commemorative pins have changed each year, with the 10th annual event being no different.

This year’s event will follow the same guidelines as previous years, Best said, with live music, raffle prizes, food and a 50/50 drawing.

“Each event is special,” she said. “Each year the funds raised help to support neighbors who get news they don’t want to hear and support they never knew they would need. So, the special thing about the 10th annual event is that we get to be that support again.”

Ride for the Ribbon not only raises money for those with breast cancer in the area, but it also provides valuable educational information and resources that want to help those battling the disease.

“I think this event has lasted 10 years because of all of the local businesses and community members that pull together to donate to the cause,” Best said. “Everyone cares and works together for the event.”