Bikers donate to cancer researchPublished 7:08pm Thursday, November 4, 2010
Jennifer Galbreath, program director for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, was surprised when she received a phone call from Brotha’s Keeper Motorcycle Club recently.
“I got a call from (Brotha’s Keeper Sergeant of Arms) Greg Wright and he said, ‘Hey, we raised some money for your organization.’ We didn’t know anything about them, so I said ‘That’s great.’ Anything people do is great, but it’s really surprising for a group of predominantly men to do this,” Galbreath said.
“I asked them why they chose breast cancer research, and he said, ‘We all know someone who’s had breast cancer, so we took a vote and decided this is what affected the most of our members.’”
Galbreath said she traveled to Alexander City Wednesday to accept a $500 check from the club on behalf of the organization.
“That was truly incredible what they did,” she said. “It’s a small motorcycle club, and for them to raise $500 for us, well we didn’t expect it. They’re just the nicest group of gentlemen and ladies … we’re really excited about these guys from Alexander City.”
Galbreath said The Breast Cancer Research Foundation raises money for UAB specialists and research that stays in Alabama.
Wright said the club raised the money through car washes and raffle donations, as well as some personal donations.
“We started at the end of March and saved up for breast cancer awareness through the end of October,” Wright said.
The Brotha’s Keeper Motorcycle Club has been busy with other projects recently as well, according to president Fred White.
“We took a donation on Oct. 25 to the Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center,” said Dan Parrish, event coordinator. “We actually had a person donate around 200 to 250 new ladies winter sweaters that were still in the box, so we were able to give that as well as other winter clothes. We donated about 30 boxes to them.”
In addition, they recently raffled off $1 tickets for someone to win their choice of either a 26-inch HD TV or Netbook computer and proceeds will be used to buy toys for the Toys for Tots drive.
“It was in November and the winner was James Ware of Camp Hill,” said Andrea Penn, secretary of the motorcycle club.
White said the Brotha’s Keeper Motorcyle Club was formed by a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts in June 2007.
“We’re just trying to give back to the community,” Parrish said.