Ribbon Riders, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote breast cancer awareness and provide assistance to women and men in Central Florida who are fighting the disease. We are professional women who love to ride motorcycles and strive to make a positive difference in our community.
Ribbon Riders was founded in April 2008 by seven ladies with a mission to make a difference in the Central Florida community. Each of us has been affected by breast cancer- personally, through a family member or friend. And each of us has witnessed the struggle those fighting breast cancer endure, emotionally, physically and financially.
Ribbon Riders travel across Central Florida attending motorcycle focused activities and community events to raise funds and build awareness of breast cancer. All the money we raise stays in our community.
During our first, we doubled our membership, rode thousands of miles, attended numerous charity events, hosted the Sanford Bikefest bike show, raffled off a motorcycle and most importantly, provided financial assistance to breast cancer patients. When you see our pink ribbon logo or bright pink tent, please stop by and say "hello", we would love to meet you.
Some Important Dates In Ribbon Riders History:
April 2008: The seven founders (Alex, Carmen, Chris, Karen, Lisa, Maria & Pam) create the Ribbon Riders.
May 2008: Ribbon Riders holds a garage sale to raise funds to apply for the 501(c)3 status.
August 2008: Ribbon Riders first "official" meeting is held.
October 2008: Ribbon Riders hold first fundraiser; the bike show at Sanford Bikefest & Raffles off a Honda Shadow courtesy of Seminole PowerSports.
December 2008: Ribbon Riders receives their 501(c) 3 non profit designation.
December 2008: Ribbon Riders provides financial assistance to our first recipient!
April 2009: Ribbon Riders first Annual Bingo For Boobs (now Go Pink!) raises $8k for our Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.
September 2009: Seven Ribbon Riders complete the first 1000 Miles for Breast Cancer Iron Butt Ride. This is the FIRST all women Iron Butt Ride approved by the Iron Butt Association.
April 2010: Ribbon Riders Go Pink! Event raises $10k for our Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.
April 2010: Ribbon Riders receive a $50k grant from Susan G. Komen Central Florida for our Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.
June 2010: Ribbon Riders produces Breast Cancer Assistance Fund Brochure and distributes to area hospitals, clinics & doctors offices.
June 2010: Ribbon Riders spearheads Breast Cancer Assistance Network meeting with other area breast cancer charities.
July 2010: Ribbon Riders receives education grant from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to produce a book and series of online videos for Survivors and Caregivers
July 2010: Ribbon Riders provides financial assistance to our first male breast cancer recipient.
December 2010: In 2010 Ribbon Riders provided more than $70,000 in emergency financial assistance and helped 74 breast cancer patients.
April 2011: Ribbon Riders hosts the first annual Go Pink! Walk
October 2011: Ribbon Riders publishes Breast Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Guide to Recovery book (available for purchase in our store or on Amazon and Kindle)