Local group holds bike ride to help fight cancer

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

“Everybody should arrive at 8:30 a.m.,” Erny said. Those who wish to register the morning of should definitely arrive early.

Following the ride, which Erny said usually takes three to four hours, Gilligan’s in Surf City will provide lunch and live entertainment to all the riders. They will also hold a silent auction. Erny said riders can catch a ride back to the southern end of the island, and volunteers will take riders’ bicycles to their cars after the ride as well.

All the proceeds from the ride benefit local people associated with breast cancer. Erny said they have helped neighbors with medical, house and electric bills, helped them pay for their children’s Christmas presents, and fund things such as the acquirement of aesthetics prostheses.

“We like to keep our money local,” Erny said. “Kind of a neighbors helping neighbors situation.”

Renee Clarke, a breast cancer survivor, was the first benefactor of The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island bike ride. She said she was first approached about the ride after her second round of chemotherapy, when Erny, who was a stranger, called and told her she would like to use the proceeds from the ride to help Clarke.

“She said she was calling around the neighborhood and the community, and they kept giving her my name,” Clarke said.

That first ride’s proceeds helped Clarke with medical bills.

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