Photo courtesy Ribbon Riders

[Orlando, FL] — Labor Day is rapidly approaching, and it’s a good time to put your money where their butts are.  The butts I’m referring to belong to the Ribbon Riders, a group of female motorcycle enthusiasts on a mission to help those fighting breast cancer.

This holiday weekend, a group of Ribbon Riders will ride their motorcycles 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours, in what is known as an “Iron Butt” endurance ride. The money they raise through pledges and donations goes to help breast cancer patients in Central Florida with everyday living expenses — things that aren’t covered by medical insurance, like food, transportation, and utilities. By paying everyday expenses, they allow patients to focus on recovery, not worry about finances. One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to the women who need it.

Photo courtesy Ribbon Riders

The women’s ride is sanctioned by the Iron Butt Association of long-distance bikers. The Ribbon Riders were the first group of female motorcyclists to participate in an Iron Butt-sanctioned ride when they rode in 2009. They did the same thing in 2010; 2011 marks the third year of their feat.

I’m proud to call the Ribbon Riders my friends (read more about the group here: Butts of Iron, Hearts of Gold). They love to ride motorcycles, and they’ve all been touched in some way by breast cancer, either personally or through family members or friends. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer for women, and can affect men as well, who have about a 1 in 1,000 chance of developing the disease in their lifetime (a woman’s chance of developing invasive breast cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 8).


Photo courtesy Ribbon Riders

The Ribbon Riders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been recognized by Susan G. Komen Central Florida. Last year, the group received a Komen $50,000 grant for their Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, as well as a $10,000 educational grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.

Take my word for it, they do good work, and it’s for a good cause. Suffering through breast cancer is unimaginable for many of us, but the Ribbon Riders help to make the battle just a little easier for those undergoing treatment.

Times are tough for everyone, but all they’re asking for is a dollar or two; maybe a little more if you can afford it. You can make a secure donation through the PayPal  link on their website:


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About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Kacie Eiselein

    September 3, 2011

    sounds like an amazing travel trip. I would love to see much more photos. Our next vacation is in about 7 month so i can only read and dream of travelling through the world right now.

  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    September 1, 2011

    What a wonderfully creative way to raise money and awareness. And 1000 miles in one day is a lot of time sitting on a bike!
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  3. Grace

    September 1, 2011

    I am in love with the name: Iron Butts Association. Will check out the links Glen since I believe this is a good cause!
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  4. Kerri

    August 30, 2011

    It’s so great to see how so many people are getting together for such a great cause! My mother was a victim of breast cancer, so this really hits close to home. I also participated in a walk recently. So many showed up even though they didn’t have any family members with cancer. It’s very touching to see just how supportive perfect strangers can be.
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  5. Jenny

    August 30, 2011

    This is such a great cause, Breast cancer is one of the most threatening diseases of the women today. Hope I can do a lot here by sharing this.
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  6. I love the name! Thanks for bringing attention to a great cause.
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  7. Great to hear about a fun way people are supporting a cause that is important to me. Awesome name for the ride too!
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  8. jenjenk

    August 29, 2011

    what a wonderful cause!!! Love this!!!
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  9. Cathy Sweeney

    August 29, 2011

    Love this, Glen. Thanks so much for your article about these gals and what they’re doing for an important cause. On my way to their site!
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  10. inka

    August 29, 2011

    A very good cause indeed and I’ll make sure to contribute. These ladies are something else, would love to meet one or two in person. Hope you are happy in your new home in New Orleans and glad to see a blog post of yours again. You know, I’m a BIG fan.

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