15th annual 'Ride 2 Live' in Sunset Park revs up awareness for breast cancer
Motorcycle riders came together in Sunset Park Sunday to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The 15th annual "Ride 2 Live" event consisted of breast cancer survivors riding motorcycle outside the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women.
Maimonides Breast Cancer program director Dr. Patrick Borgen also rode with participants. He said raising awareness in Brooklyn is now more important than ever.
"Brooklyn, as now America's third largest city, has more breast cancer cases than 15 states," he said.
The event also raised awareness of breast cancer in men. Louis Zappulla was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago and is now cancer-free.
"I went through hell and back, but I'm here to talk about it," Zappulla said.
Medical experts say the key to early detection is through tests like mammograms. Talking with one's doctor is also advisable if something doesn't feel right.
"I just went through it flawlessly and if I can do it, then anybody can do it," said breast cancer survivor Areita Guy.