12th Annual Ride for Awareness and Poker Run This Saturday
Women Supporting Women is a grass-roots non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 by three local women, Harriette Fine, Carol Prager and Sue Revelle who wanted to provide awareness, education and support to all those affected by breast cancer.
“We receive a lot of support from local survivors and supporters,” says Emily Rantz, director of PR and marketing for Women Supporting Women. “It’s our only motorcycle event and we have people from all over Delaware, Maryland and Virginia that come to it each year.”
Riders will begin their 63-mile journey at Texas Roadhouse and make stops at different checkpoints to indulge in treats from various food trucks and cool off with Kona Ice. Registration for The Ride for Awareness and Poker Run will begin at 9 a.m. at the Texas Roadhouse in Fruitland and the last rider must be out by 11 a.m. and arrive back at the starting point before 2 p.m.
The cost of the event is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. The proceeds, which Rantz hopes will exceed WSW’s goal of $7,000, will go toward providing free services and support to Delmarva area breast cancer survivors, as well as their friends and families.
“It’s a time where survivors, families and friends get together and show support for other survivors and an organization that has helped them in the past.,” Rantz says.
T-shirts will be given out to the first 100 riders upon registration and are also available for purchase for $10. First, second, and third prizes for best hands, as well as a special prize for worst hand, will be announced at Texas Roadhouse following the arrival of the last rider.
Fine, Pragner and Revell started WSW out of their homes, but their organization has since grown to serve the entire Delmarva Peninsula, with offices in Salisbury and Ocean City and additional support groups in Crisfield, Cambridge and Pocomoke. They offer support groups, meetings, a monthly news letter and a mentor program, as well as wigs, hats, scarves, bras and prostheses for people affected by breast cancer.
Rantz says WSW will also be accepting donations of body wash and deodorant for Operation We Care, which sends care packages and support to military, law enforcement and fire and EMS departments.