Community Building & Breast Cancer Awareness at San Diego's Ride to the Warehouse Event
Did you know that each time a woman gets on a bike, a fairy gets their wings? As much is true when it comes to the volunteers working magic at Ride to the Warehouse, a breast cancer prevention fundraiser held this past weekend by Katie Loftus. Saturday's event was hosted at the Bread & Salt Gallery, an all-inclusive art space and warehouse in San Diego's Chicano district, Barrio Logan. Maus Taus proudly vended alongside a unique lineup of businesses and sponsorships who value the arts and trade within women's motorcycling communities. RTW puts it plainly: "Girl Moto Power!"
Among the group, we couldn't help but stop and notice "Betty," a 2007 Sportster 883 Low home to bike-builder Michelle Travis. Busy "Keeping Choppers Sketchy," Travis is a home-taught customizer with one project under her belt and a second project underway, learning as she goes in true moto-power fashion. Betty's been outfitted to use only electric for fuel injection, the headlights, taillights, and neutral. She has a 6" over extended front end, belt to chain conversion, and shot gun pipes via Low Brow Customs. Her slammed shocks come from Burley Brand and the gas cap is a design curtesy of @desert_condor, silversmithing and jewelry making badass of the SLC area!
Each RTW ticket sold raises funds for the Keep-A-Breast foundation, who strive to reduce rates of breast cancer through early-detection efforts in young and LGBTQIA+ populations, and for those navigating racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. health care system, of which black women face some of the highest mortality rates. This work is especially important given how death rates continue to decline with early-detection training. As people unlearn the myth that breast cancer only happens to "older," cis-gendered women, more people recover from diagnosis.
Through community education, Keep-A-Breast hopes to save and impact lives with more equitable, socially-attuned health care. To be apart of the change and add guided self-checks to your routine, stay tuned for upcoming events near you and download the free KAB app! You can support Ride to the Warehouse with a follow and some holiday shopping.
Learn more at Keep-A-Breast.org.