Second Annual Prostate Cancer
Awareness Motorcycle Ride
Born to Ride with a Purpose
|Ride organizers Richard Scott (l-r), Pia Kinney-James and Derrick Smith
with their motorcycles.
“I’m very aware of prostate cancer because of my family ties and dealing with trying to get my male family members to go get checked out,”
Kinney-James said. “We have cancer in the family and it can run in women and men, so it is good that everyone gets checked out.”
Kinney-James is riding with Richard Scott and Derrick Smith to plan the Second Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Ride on
September 19th. Scott came up with the idea last year.
“I have a lot of friends who have prostate cancer and having to deal with their PSA levels,” Scott said. “It is the second largest killer of men
besides lung cancer. I thought our community could utilize some awareness and thought that an event could help raise the awareness. One of
the things that I realize happens is that motorcyclists are notoriously famous for ridding for different causes. I thought it would be an opportunity
for us to ride. I don’t ride with a group, but I know a number of people who do, so we started the Prostate Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Ride
For Smith, prostate cancer is a personal thing.
“In the last year, I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer and I have been working though that process,” Smith said. It’s a personal thing for
me. And as Ms. Pia said, it’s also personal with her. Honestly, since we all care about our fellow man, it should be personal for all of us. I’m
under the great care of an African American physician, Dr. Tracy Downs, who has really gotten my mental state good. And we are trying to do it
without surgery. Again, if you get it and you get it diagnosed early enough, it is 100 percent curable. And you can go through different treatments
without going through surgery. That’s one of the fallacies about the disease, that as soon as you get it, you have to have surgery and it affects
other things in your body. Our thing is to get people aware. Get men in to be tested, especially African American men who are affected seven
times more. It’s also the fact that if you get it and it is detected early enough, you will be able to have a full life.”
But the important thing is to get the word out there about prostate cancer. And Scott thought a group of African American motorcyclists riding as
a group would be just the thing to give prostate cancer added visibility. The 2014 event attracted 11 riders and about 20 people overall. Scott
is hoping for a bigger crowd this year.
“We start at the Madison Labor Temple on S. Park Street at 12:30 p.m. for registration and we start the actual ride at about 2 p.m. and we
should be back here around 3 p.m.,” said Scott whose KOJO Productions in collaboration with Smokin’ Wheels is hosting the event. “We don’t
have banners or flags, but we do have turquoise arm bracelets that are very noticeable. Everyone who comes will get one, especially those
who are riding. Then we have food, music and the drawings. It doesn’t cost anything to come. But we are asking for $10 per rider, which
covers our cost for advertising and getting things that we need that aren’t donated. We’re not trying to make money.”
The route will pass through Oregon and Stoughton before eventually ending back at the Labor Temple. Scott emphasized that all are welcome.
“We want folks to come out and support us,” Scott said. “It’s for men, but we know the women folk are the motivators and the pushers behind
the men to go out and get the things done. People on all sizes of motorcycles that are highway worthy are welcome to participate. We will be on
the highway going the speed limit. It’s just a lot of fun and you meet a lot of people. It’s no particular ethnic group. Everyone who wants to ride
is more than welcome to come and be a part of it.”
So rev up your engines and come on out to the Second Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Ride to let all of Madison know that
prostate cancer is curable if caught early. Everyone will be glad you did.
By Jonathan Gramling
African Americans in Dane County have always had to overcome
obstacles to the kind of lifestyle they want to enjoy. And as a
woman, Pia Kinney-James has had to overcome obstacles laid in
her path because she is a woman. Kinney-James, the first African
American female Madison police officer has been riding a
motorcycle for the past 37 years. But she wasn’t allowed to ride
with the guys.
“I was never a motorcycle policewoman,” Kinney-James said.
“They wouldn’t let me. I tried. I really tried. The Blue Knights
wouldn’t accept me because I was a woman. I could ride on the
back, but I couldn’t ride a bike in the group. Most motorcycle clubs
back then did not allow women drivers. That was back in the
Kinney-James is riding in a club now, the Smokin’ Wheels
Motorcycle Club and she is riding with purpose for a cause.