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Motorcyle revs up cancer fundraiser

This pink and black Harley-Davidson will be auctioned off for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink fundraiser at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo October 11. The bike is a big shot in the arm to the program, which funds its cancer rehab through sales of t-shirts and caps. Photo courtesy Minot Y's Men's Rodeo

A Harley-Davidson will speed up a program to help cancer patients in North Dakota.

The one-of-a-kind pink and black motorcycle, a 2013 Sportster Custom XL 1200C donated by Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot, was custom designed by a Magic City employee and custom painted in the factory. Magic City Harley-Davidson owner bill Houim had the motorcycle outfitted with a custom exhaust system and air cleaner.

It will be auctioned off to benefit the Tough Enough to Wear Pink program, with funds going to the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab program at the Minot Family YMCA. The auction will take place immediately following the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo on Fri., October 11 at the State Fair Center.

The pink motorcycle came to the rodeo in a round-about way. When it was raffled off for a Minot Bands Together fundraiser for Tough Enough to Wear Pink, the winner decided he didn’t want it. Houim offered to buy it from him, and then donated it back to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink fundraiser. One of his employees, Connie Sundby, a cancer survivor and Tough Enough to Wear Pink volunteer, was elated. “He knows how passionate I am personally for the fundraiser, and how we run around to sell our shirts and caps.”

The 2013 Sportster is a big shot in the arm for the fundraiser, which has raised $307,000 in seven years by selling t-shirts and caps. “This bike will be a really huge boost to us,” Sundby said. “We have to sell a lot of t-shirts and caps to get where we’re going.” The program pays for cancer patients and survivors to go through the Exercise Rehab program free of charge. Since it began, 280 people have gone through the program. The Exercise Rehab program helps cancer patients and survivors get through cancer treatment and increase their quality of life after cancer.

The Harley-Davidson will be on display at many of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink remotes between now and Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo time Oct. 10-13. When it’s not at remotes, it will be parked in the showroom of Magic City Harley-Davidson.

For more information on the program and the motorcycle, contact Sundby at 701-839-6330. F

–Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo

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