Quad Cities Ride for the Cure Raises Thousands for Gilda's Club

The eighth annual ride brought over 400 motorcyclists to support cancer victims

By Gretta Patrick | gpatrick@whbf.com

Published 08/30 2015 05:20PM

Updated 08/30 2015 05:20PM

Hundreds of Quad Cities men and women, all clad in pink and bras came out to ride motorcycles, and to support a good cause. 
 
For the survivors that come out to ride, it's a celebration of the light at the end of the tunnel, for others, the eighth annual Quad Cities Ride for the Cure has a more immediate impact. 
 
 "It's a little bit different this year for me. It means a little bit more. It's a little bit harder and a little more emotional," said Melissa Bock. 
 
This isn't Bock's first time at ride for the cure, but this year is different. She is riding for her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer only a month ago. She, and more than 400 others, come to raise money for the Quad Cities Gilda's Club.
 
 "Last year this ride, we presented a check to Gilda's Club for 17 thousand dollars, for a one-day ride. and this year, we're hoping to break 20 thousand." said Bill Telle, a Ride for the Cure volunteer.
 
Gilda's Club provides resources to families and victims of any kind of cancer without charge. The Ride for the Cure is one of their biggest fundraisers.
 
"If I have as many people out here supporting the cause and donating as much as they can, that means the world to me, and my mom is going to be excited about it too," Bock said. 
 
Over the last eight years, the Quad Cities Ride for the Cure has raised more than $100,000 and that number, they hope, will keep going up as the tradition continues from year to year. 

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