Gina Felix has lost some family members to cancer. This Saturday, she and others involved with Ride for the Cure will meet up just east of Albuquerque for the annual motorcycle ride and family fun day that will raise funds for the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“Ride for the Cure started in 2006,” she said. Several years later, Felix and her family took over organizing duties and she said it has seen steady growth during that time.
“I think every year we’re going to keep growing so we can hopefully get it to a two-day event,” she said.
“I lost my mother to breast cancer,” Felix said. “My father to lung cancer and just this year, I lost a brother-in-law to lung cancer.”
Last year, Felix said her sister-in-law was diagnosed with kidney cancer, however, it was caught in time by medical personnel. She had to have the kidney removed.
“It’s been something that has affected our family and it is something that I will continue to fight for. It is something terrible for everyone involved,” she said.
Registration starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grant Brewing Tap Room in Tijeras.
The ride will start at 11 a.m. and will conclude at the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. Felix said the family festivities will also take place in Edgewood as well.
While the event is taking place in central New Mexico, Felix is inviting riders from southeastern New Mexico to make the ride this Saturday.
“We do have camping available and they just opened a hotel in Edgewood,” she said.
“For $5 you can camp out with us, all you have to do is bring a tent or your trailer if you want. Walk-ins are $5 and even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, come down and check us out,” she said.
More information may be obtained by calling Felix at 505-315-6588.