On Saturday morning, dozens of bikers could be found at Almost Heaven Desserts in Bridgeport, but it was for more than just cupcakes and cookies. It was the start of their mission to "Bike for a Cure."
"The event started 12 years ago with a group of Pratt Witty people to raise money for the American Cancer Society. It has grown from 25 people to about 250 people," said Ride for Life organizer Chrissy Musta.
The motorcade continued down Route 50 into Taylor County with plenty of stops planned to spread awareness. One of the bikers' stops was at the White Front Tavern and Grill in Taylor County, where they could get free breakfast.
"I have family dealing with cancer...bladder, bone cancer....so I figured it'd be a good cause," said biker Eric Kisner.
Biker Clinton Monroe was just one of many honoring the memory of a loved one.
"Well, what got me involved with it was my father passed away from brain cancer, and it kind of inspired me to do something," said Monroe. "I just kind of jumped on board when I bought a motorcycle and started putting some use to it."
August 10 would have been Beth Clevenger-Wolfe's 40th birthday. She passed away two weeks ago after a courageous battle with cancer. Those who knew her say Beth was a fighter.
"Beth is an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a beautiful person. I know she fought a tremendous fight," said organizer Leslie Young
Even those who weren't on a motorcycle had a hand in supporting the cause, including local law enforcement.
"You got all of these wonderful volunteers out here riding their bikes to support cancer awareness, cancer research, and to help the community as a whole," said Lois Jenkins of the Bridgeport Police Department.
The event concluded in Grafton Saturday night with a celebration of life, including birthday cake for Beth. For more information, visit Bikers for a Cure online.