Buddy Check 25: Bikers for Ta-Tas

By WEEK Producer

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM CDT

The roar of hundreds of motorcycles may intimidate some of you but it's the sound of survival for one area woman.

More women like 49-year-old grandmother Michelle Hack are revving the engines of motorcycles than ever before.

But, she never imagined bikers like her could help save so many lives.

"What they do is incredible,” she said.

Michelle is part of a group known as Bikers for Ta-Tas.

Over the past seven years, its volunteers have raised thousands of dollars, $38,000 last year alone, to help fund screening, treatment and supplies for the Unitypoint Health Methodist Mobile Mammopgraphy Unit.

The Methodist Foundation's Nancy Borum was instrumental in the group's founding.

"So, weather it's the mammo van supplies or fuel or screenings or biopsies, we try to help out wherever so that no one goes without,” said Borum.

Michelle appreciates the value of this group more than most. You see, she's a two year breast cancer survivor.

"I want every woman to have the treatment that I got,” she said.

That's why she volunteers to sell t-shirts and will join more than a thousand motorcyclists in July for the Bikers for Ta-Tas ride.

She knows she's lucky. After all, she didn't get have her first mammogram until she was 47.

"I said, well, it doesn't run in my family. I'm fine”

But, something made her stop by the mobile mammography unit when it pulled into her town.

That first-time screening led to her diagnosis of a fast-growing breast cancer, caught just in time.

She feels like she's gotten a second chance to enjoy the ride and she's making sure that others do too.

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