Bikers for Ta-Tas donates $45,000 raised during this year fundraiser to the UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor Foundation to be used for breast cancer screening and treatment.
"It's all used for the UnityPoint Health-Methodist Breast Health Center," says Foundation Vice-President Rob Parks, "for women to get screened to see if they have breast cancer or help with treatment if they've been diganosed."
Parks says the money will supplement a Komen grant the Foundation receives.
Bikers for Ta-Tas was founded by Foundation employee Nancy Borum in 2008. Borum's great-grandmother and aunt died from breast cancer. Her mother and sister are breast cancer survivors.
"I was hearing more and more of my friends getting diagnosed with breast cancer," Borum says. "I also knew people who weren't getting screenings because they couldn't afford it."
Borum says 2,100 people and 1,400 bikes participated in this year's event.
"Every year we keep thinking we're going to plataeu and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger."
Since the ride's inception, a total of $149,000 has been raised.