MCALLEN, Texas – A Pharr transportation company raising more than $700 for breast cancer over the weekend with a 43-mile ride. Dozens of community members woke up early on a Saturday to “Ride for Cancer.” Rapid Transport, a trucking company in Pharr, organized the event. For some of it’s employees, the cause is personal.
JoJo Longoria, Rapid Transport Operations Manager, “I have firsthand knowledge of how bad this disease is. I figured the only way we’re gonna beat it is to keep throwing money at it and what better way than to show South Texas that the whole community can come together, have fun and still get it done.”
Rapid Transport’s customer service supervisor says those close to her have also been affected, which is why it’s important for her to help however she can.
Beatriz Mata, “We can raise this money for a good cause, which is breast cancer. I have a best friend back home in Mule Shoe, Texas that’s a 15 year survivor and a sister in law that’s a 10 year survivor.”
Bikes and other vehicles drove for 40 minutes from the McAllen Harley-Davidson dealership to one in San Benito, raising awareness for the cause by sporting pink t-shirts.
Hard Times Motorcycle Club member Bigg Dogg attended with a few friends from the group. “We have a few people, family and friends, who have fought cancer, have beaten cancer. So this is an awesome cause to come out and support. It’s nice weather, enjoy the ride.”
He says one of the best ways to support someone who’s facing cancer is to just be there for them. “If you know family members who have cancer, or friends, always love and support them.” said Bigg Dogg.
Mata and Longoria add they are already looking forward to next year’s event and hope to double the turnout. Proceeds from the event are going toward the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.