Before March 2002, Teresa Gilbert didn't know how to ride a motorcycle. Now, she's planning to ride more than 1,200 miles to raise money to help eradicate breast cancer.
Gilbert will take part in the Pony Express Relay, a fund-raising ride hosted by the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation, this summer. She hopes to raise at least $1,000 to contribute to the Komen Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.
"I'm doing it to raise money for breast cancer because it's such a horrible disease and I think we need to find a cure for it," Gilbert said.
All the money Gilbert raises will go directly to the Komen Foundation - she'll pay for her own food, lodging and fuel.
This summer's pony express relay is the fourth such event held by the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation. The rides in 1996, 1998 and 2000 raised more than $1.5 million for the Komen Foundation.
Gilbert will begin her ride on July 24 in Seattle. Eight days later, she will arrive in San Diego, then return to Los Angeles for the ride's closing ceremonies.
The ride is one of several long-distance motorcycle rides Gilbert has done since she learned to ride last year.
"I put in more than 5,000 miles in my first year," Gilbert said. From Skagway, she rode to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Homer, Kenai and Seward.
To learn more about the Pony Express Relay, visit www.ponyexpressrides.org.
To help support Gilbert in her ride, call her at 789-6975 or 723-8852, or e-mail her at email@example.com.