Dozens of bikers took a tour through Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties on Saturday, raising money for a noble cause. The fifth annual Ride for the Ta-Tas took off Saturday morning from Carbon Hill.
As many as 100 riders on motorcycles and in cars took to the 113-mile trek, making stops in Kankakee, Manhattan, Joliet, Morris and Coal City. The ride is one of two annual events organized by the Ta-Ta Trot Organization, which raises money and awareness for breast cancer research.
“This is our fifth year for the ride. Myself and another person started it, we just wanted to add another event to raise more money,” said Beth Carlo, a breast cancer survivor and president of the Ta Ta Trot Organization.
“Our first year we did this, we had 75 motorcycles. And it just keeps going up each year,” she said.
Carlo said money raised is used for cancer research and to support local patients battling breast cancer.
“The money goes to the American Cancer Society and Riverside Health Cancer Foundation,” Carlo said. “Then what we do, what Riverside will do with their portion of the money, is they give it to those in need, whether it’s to pay rent or help with prescriptions. We have done all that – gas, prescriptions, we just paid somebody’s rent for two months. The money is going to very good use, and that was our whole thing.”
The Knights of the Innocent organization has been part of the ride for the past three years.
Dan “Slick” Gurney said the group, which works to provide support for domestic violence victims as well as abused children, senior citizens and veterans, sees the ride as yet another way to support the community.
“Beth is a very close and personal friend with us, and we have jumped in and helped her with routing the route and blocking the route as well as making sure that it’s safe and nobody gets in any trouble,” Gurney said. “The best part of the ride is the cause, to fight breast cancer, and to create an end to all cancers.”
The organization’s second fundraiser, the Ta-Ta Trot, takes place each year on the second Sunday in October in Carbon Hill. The 5K fun run/walk is scheduled Oct. 13 for its 10th year.
Information on the Ta-Ta Trot organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TaTaTrotOrg. Anyone looking to get involved or donate can contact Carlo at 815-651-9377.