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6th Annual Wheels for the Cure Ride - Blue Springs, Missouri

Written by  September 1, 2012

The Kansas City area was in the grip of a major heat wave, but the soaring temperature did not deter more than 120 generous motorcycle enthusiasts from showing up on Saturday, June 30, at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson to participate in their annual breast cancer fund-raiser.

Registration began at 9 a.m., and riders enjoyed breakfast catered by HyVee and completed their first dice roll prior to departing on the 100-mile ride at 10:30. There were 108 bikes on the ride with stops at Gibson General in Lake Lotawana, Shell in Holden, Buckner Accounting & Tax (hosted by Paula Gunn), and back to Blue Springs Harley for the final dice roll and lunch provided by Rib Crib.

The high and low rollers each won $150 Blue Springs Harley-Davidson gift cards. In addition, there were drawings for several really nice door prizes. Two ladies representing Charity Chicks and Artbra KC spoke during the closing program. Artbra chairman Sharon Payne talked about Missys’ Boutique, the ultimate recipient of funds raised by the Artbra organization. Named for two young ladies, both known as Missy, who lost their battles with breast cancer, the boutique assists cancer patients and survivors in dealing with the physical after-effects of cancer surgery and treatments along with the associated emotional issues. Artbra KC raises funds at an annual art auction celebrating the bra as an “empowering symbol of triumph over breast cancer.” At least 70 work-of-art bras will be auctioned at the May 3, 2013, event to be held at the Midland in downtown Kansas City to benefit the Missys’ Boutique Special Needs Fund. The bras will be created by family and friends of survivors, local artists, celebrities, and other volunteers and will be modeled by breast cancer survivors and patients. Much more information is available on the organization’s website. The top raffle prize at the Wheels for the Cure Ride was a very fancy black artbra won by a lady who indicated her intention to gift the bra to a friend who would look very good in it.

Special thanks go to HyVee, Rib Crib, Q-104, Betty Ford (for sewing of event patches), Tammy Edgmon who coordinated the event, Blue Springs Harley-Davidson , and the terrific volunteers from the Greater Kansas City Harley Owners Group .

Article and photos by Stripe


Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at