Local group holds bike ride to help fight cancer

Topsail Reel

Debbie Pekofsky, Kelli DeRose, and Annette Erny event organizer, look at all the sponsor supporting the 26-mile Island Bike Ride that's supports the fight against Breast Cancer that will take place on April 5 at the registration party hosted by Gilligans of Surf City.

John Sudbrink/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

A blaze of pink will sweep across Topsail Island on a mission to fight breast cancer.

The April 5 bicycle ride is the fourth annual hosted by The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island, a nonprofit organization which uses the money raised from the ride to help local breast cancer patients and survivors.

Annette Erny, founder of the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island, said the bike ride began four years ago when she announced to her friends that she was going to ride the entire length of Topsail Island.

“It was on my bucket list to ride the island and see the whole thing from end to end,” Erny said. She and her friends decided to postpone her ride and see if they could recruit people to do it with them and for a cause.

Though Erny said she has no personal affiliation with breast cancer, she believes God brought her to the ride and its support of people struggling with or in remission from breast cancer.

That first year, they had 42 participants, last year they had 202 riders, and this year they hope to have 300. Last year, Erny said they raised more than $10,000 total.

Registration for the ride costs $25, and includes participation in the ride, a t-shirt, and lunch after the event. Registration began earlier this month with four Topsail Island establishments hosting registration luncheons. Those luncheons gave people the opportunity to sign up for the ride and grab a t-shirt, donate to the cause, or buy Reel Housewives merchandise to support the event, and the first three alone brought in more than $10,000.



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