Hundreds of bicyclists hit the streets to battle cancer

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A long line of riders donning pink shirts reach the end of a 26-mile bike ride that ended at North Topsail Beach on April 5. The event raised roughly $25,000 to help breast cancer patients.

John Sudbrink/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 02:22 PM.

Four years ago, Annette Erny founded nonprofit Reel Housewives of Topsail Island with aspirations to raise money to support those battling breast cancer.

To do this, she elected to ride the length of Topsail Island on a bicycle. Erny was joined on her inaugural journey by 42 other riders, and the team raised $8,000 used to pay for rent, food and Christmas gifts for struggling families.

On April 5, Erny once again took to the roads for the annual cause, only this time she was flanked by more than 300 other riders on basketed beach cruisers and other bikes.

“This is by far the best year we’ve had yet,” Erny said. “Our community was really involved with this event. People also came in from other places to ride with us, like Raleigh, Florida and Virginia. A lot of people have this ride on their bucket list, but didn’t want to do it alone.”

The group raised $25,000 Saturday from registration fees and donations.

Erny said that as they rode along the island, whole neighborhoods of people stood on their porches and cheered the long line of passing bikers.

“It was such a humbling experience,” Erny said. “I heard many riders say they will never miss the opportunity to do this event again.”

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