Diagnosed breast cancer patients often need additional testing which they cannot afford.
Bikers Battling Breast Cancer, a local group, has come to their aid, donating $25,000 to establish a fund to help these patients.
“We often get calls from women who have no insurance or money and need additional cancer tests,” said Lisa Herman, president of the bikers group. “There’s no money out there for this kind of testing. So we contacted Tanner Medical Foundation.”
Herman said her group decided to donate money raised from its annual “Curves and Chrome” ride last July to set up a testing fund with Tanner.
Tanner Medical Foundation Director Kathy Mathis said testing supported by the fund will include stereotactic breast biopsies, breast ultrasounds, computed tomography scans, PET scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans and breast cancer genetic testing.
Bikers Battling Breast Cancer has supported Tanner Breast Health for many years, Mathis said, through breast health education and “Courage Kits,” specially designed packs to help Tanner breast cancer patients manage their cancer care with a binder, books, water bottle, tote bag and stress ball.
“We’re proud to call Bikers Battling Breast Cancer our partner,” said Denise Taylor, president and CEO of Tanner Medical Foundation. “Lisa’s vision of making a real impact on breast cancer patients has come to fruition. We’re grateful to Lisa and the entire Bikers Battling Breast Cancer organization, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in support of local breast cancer patients.”
Herman said her bikers group first got together in 2006 to raise $1,000 for an Atlanta breast cancer walk.
“We raised $16,000 the first year and $30,000 the next,” she said.
The group incorporated in 2008 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
“We like to keep our money locally,” said Herman, who lives north of Carrollton.
She said the two-day Curves and Chrome ride is held the third weekend in July.
“It starts at Harley-Davidson, Atlanta, on Thornton Road in Douglas County, and travels to different locations,” she said. “It ends at the VFW in Carrollton, with a big expo with vendors and live music.”
Herman said the next Curves and Chrome ride will be on July 21-22.
“These are some of the most giving people around,” Mathis said of the biker group. “They’re concerned about what people are going through, and we’ve been privileged to work with them.”
More information on the organization is available at www.bikersbattlingbreastcancer.org.
Residents can continue to support Tanner Breast Health by making a donation through the Tanner Medical Foundation website, www.tannermedicalfoundation.org, or by calling 770-836-9871.