It is October now, which also means it is Breast Cancer Awareness month in most places, which is some places are surrounded by pink hues. Linda Stanley managed to incorporate both the story of breast cancer and motorcycles.
Albeit a strange duo, there is a story behind it. Linda Stanley’s niece, Debbie Cole, had passed away from stage four metastatic breast cancer at 38. Stanley also had the opportunity to walk into the American Police Motorcycle Museum in New Hampshire. Much coincidence, the bike had a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. She then knew that this was the bike for her.
The bike not only carries the story of her niece’s courageous fight but also represents a mission to find a cure for cancer.
Stanley will be attending the North Shore Cancer run at the Beverly Cove Community Centre this Sunday with her bike, a 1975 BMW R60 with a 1974 Jawa side car. Furthermore, all money raised from the road race goes to helping cancer patients at North Shore Medical Center and the Mass. General/North Shore Cancer Center.
In recalling the event of her with the bike for the first time, she stated “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I want this motorcycle.’”
“Years ago, you knew someone who knew someone who had cancer. But now, unfortunately, we know many people who have had cancer.”
“I wish more people would donate so they can find a cure,” Stanley said, noting that both patients and continued cancer research need help.