Bikers swap black for pink in annual ride

Real Bikers Wear Pink

Real Bikers Wear Pink hold their annual ride on July 21, 2013. (WDAF-TV)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly 100 bikers in the metro exchanged their traditional black leather for hot pink on Sunday, all for a good cause.

"Real Bikers Wear Pink" was started by a 12-year-old girl here seven years ago.

Megan Rowe was a  young girl when she found out breast cancer killed two of her friends' mothers.

"My neighbor was a survivor and told me my great grandmother had cancer also," said Rowe.

Megan told her mother she wanted to help fight the disease. "We got this idea.. a lot of bikers wearing pink may be a fun idea," Jane Rowe said.

Easier said than done. It's no small talk to get some black clad bikers to change their colors. But Megan did it with a subtle taunt, "Real Bikers Wear Pink."

"It's 100 percent for the cause and couldn't beat it," said rider Rich Sherrick.

"My mom passed away from cancer and my aunt was starting her fight with cancer. That brought it home," rider Judy Penney said.

Sherrick and Penney have been part of the ride for all seven years, each helping to raise more than $24,000 in the time. That's why the news that this is Megan's last ride is bittersweet.

"It's good that she is going to college, but we are gonna miss this ride," Penney said.

But, at the last minute came a very special announcement. Despite Megan's college-bound exit, a Kansas City business that has always provided security for the ride has offered to take over.

"It's a great cause and a person can give their money and go on a ride," said Charles Bell of T.A.P.S. Kansas City.

To learn more about the ride, click here.



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