375 Motorcycles Hit the Road to Fight Cancer

By WBNG News

October 2, 2010 Updated Oct 3, 2010 at 10:07 PM EDT

Apalachin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Although she lost her battle to cancer years ago, a benefit is living on in Traci Gibson's memory.

Action News Reporter Brennan Smith shows us how hundreds are rallying to raise money for hundreds of local women living with breast cancer.

Hundreds of people are remembering Traci Gibson as a caring woman.

"Once you met Tracy, she had a smile on her that would reach you right to your soul. She was just such a happy, caring person, and she just brightened up a room," said Nancy McQueeney of Apalachin.

And when she found out she had cancer, she wanted to find a way to help other women in her situation.

Although she lost her own battle to the disease, her benefit is helping many local women fight their own battles.

"It's incredible, to see all of these people come out and support our cause of helping these sick people with breast cancer, paying their bills. It's just incredible how they support us every year," said Gordon Shiner, Traci's father.

Traci's Hope Fund Raiser is not only one of the largest cancer benefits in the Southern Tier...

It's also the loudest since Billie Jo and Don Wheeland added a motorcycle ride to it 4 years ago.

This is a fourth year a motor cycle race has been part of the benefit.

Their goal was to have three hundred riders. They managed to beat that goal.

375 bikes hit the road today in Traci's memory.

"We went over the country hills through Apalachin and went into Binghamton and down over through Vestal. The Owego Police organized it so we never stopped for a stop sign or red light. We just kept going and it was fabulous," said Billie Jo Wheeland.

A crowd of hundreds greeted the riders when they returned to the benefit--

Where supporters came up with creative ways to fund raise.

Traci's sister-in-law and friends decorated bras, some with messages fighting cancer.

"it's amazing. Each individual one... They each picked a theme they wanted to do and I think Traci would have loved it. This is her," said Teri Bower of Apalachin.

And although Traci was unable to see how her benefit has grown in person... The event she originally organized continues to fight cancer, year after year.

In Apalachin, Brennan Smith, WBNG-TV Action News.

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