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Bikers ride to support cancer in Geddes

The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund recently hosted a motorcycle ride to raise money for breast cancer research.

The ride began at 11 a.m. May 5 at Performance Harley-Davidson in Geddes. Registration fees were collected to benefit research.

Riders began gathering early in the morning to socialize, purchase some "pink" items and meet Carol A. Baldwin. Many also pulled out $100 to purchase a raffle ticket for a brand-new, powder blue Fat-Boy.

All were there to support a good cause.

"This is the first year I have done this ride," Larry Madlin said. "I was in the hospital last year at this time and I am just so happy to be able to be here and to support a good cause."

Before the ride began there was plenty of time to browse the lot and admire the bikes that some brought out for the ride.

One bike that was grabbing the eye of many was custom made and designed by Robert Paparo and signed by the members of Ozzie Osbourne's new band Black Label Society and the members of Disturbed. The artwork on the bike was all original.

"My son was diagnosed with brain cancer and survived, so I like to participate in rides like this," Paparo said. "I plan to stay in the front or the back of the pack, though, because I get nervous about anything happening to my bike"

Riders did a large loop around the Central New York area and then returned back to Performance Harley-Davidson for barbecue, music and raffles.

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