Raising awareness of breast cancer on two wheels

The Bikers of Brooklyn, escorted by New York Police Department, led the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center’s sixth annual “Ride 2 Live” journey through Brooklyn on Saturday, October 6.

Registration for the ride started at 9 a.m. at the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, 745 64th Street, and provided guests with a free catered breakfast spread, as well as an opportunity to peruse the equipment in the sonogram room, such as the center’s new 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Unit.

After registration ended at 12 p.m., the motorcycle ride—guided by Dr. Patrick Borgen—commenced and extended throughout almost all of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods.

“They rode through a lot of neighborhoods, like Park Slope and Sheepshead Bay,” stated Michael Brincat, patient expeditor for the breast surgeries. The ride was then followed by an after party at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus Hall, 3000 Emmons Avenue.

“It was one of the best events at the Breast Cancer Center. This year’s event was our largest. The weather was great and the after party were great,” added Brincat. This year’s event raised over $6,000 and garnered over 200 participating bikers.

Although this was the sixth annual motorcycle tour for breast cancer, the Maimonides Breast Cancer center itself was founded just a year ago. Borgen, the center’s current chairperson and department of surgery director, has focused on spreading awareness of breast cancer and raising money for the crusade against the disease.

For more information on future fundraisers and the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, log onto http://www.maimonidesmed.org/cancercenter/BreastCancer.aspx.

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