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Bikers observe cancer awareness

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and just about everyone has some kind of a tie to the disease.

Saturday, the Albany Harley Owners Group hosted an event for people to roll out their best rides and observe cancer awareness.

People revved up their engines, rocked out to a live band, and enjoyed some grub and a silent auction at the very first Pink Thunder Cancer Awareness event at Albany Harley Davidson.

Peggy Flemming, organizer and one year breast cancer survivor said it's an opportunity to celebrate overcoming the disease.

"When people said cancer they knew you were already dying but I'm not," Flemming said. "This is the beginning for me and I'm not going to let it get me down. I just thank God for everyday I'm here."

Flemming said it's also a reminder for woman to have annual check-ups. It's just as important for Carrie Brooks who said her boss is a two-time cancer survivor.

"It's extremely important especially when it comes down to somebody you know," Brooks said. "It really hits home and it brings that meaning out even more as to why you should support it."

What better way than to paint her own bike Pink. It used to be orange in black.

"When I first got it I wanted pink so I didn't look like a man riding a bike so I had to have pink,"Brooks noted.

Not only did Brooks change her bike into the legendary pink color of cancer awareness, but the store also changed it's colors from orange and black into pink and black for the event.

Flemming said organizing the benefit is a team effort, and so is surviving the disease. She said friends and family helped her get through her toughest struggles with cancer.

Money from the event and silent auction will go to the American Cancer Society.





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