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Governor's Ride for Breast Cancer Awareness

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JACKSON, MS -

200 bikers ride from Jackson to Hattiesburg to Gulfport.

Bikers departed Saturday morning from Jackson Harley-Davidson Dealership to raise awareness on breast cancer in the Governor's Ride.

Like a school of fish, bikers wove through the parking lot. Most wore leather.

Even more wear pink.

Organizers estimated about 400 bikers total rode in the event - bringing in about $8,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Beth Rawls is just one of the survivors attend. She said she competed her treatment and surgeries about one year ago.

"I had what they call a radical mastectomy on the left side which they had to take out lymph nodes and everything," Rawls said.

"I was doing something my sister had told me to do my entire life. Our mother died with breast cancer. [My sister] had cancer ten years ago and she always drilled into my head to put lotion on and know your body," Rawls said.

Governor Phil Bryant (R-Mississippi) also stresses the importance of early detection. His wife, Deborah, is honorary chairman of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

She linked Governor Bryant with survivors through that organization - and through her own blood.

"My mother-in-law, who's not 91, is a survivor of two different occasions where she had breast cancer," Gov. Bryant said.

"And so we're just out here to honor all the survivors and have a good day with our riders," Gov. Bryant said.

And for Beth - it's a chance for her to enjoy her recovery.

"And I have several people here that are riding in honor of me and that means a whole lot to me," Rawls said.

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