New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is leading the charge against breast cancer atop a Harley-Davidson, riding across his state to educate people about the importance of early detection as part of his “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign.
Cuomo was joined by girlfriend Sandra Lee, who is a breast cancer survivor, as well as singer Billy Joel and hundreds of other motorcyclists.
“We applaud Gov. Cuomo’s groundbreaking efforts to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening and are humbled to be part of this campaign,” said Tonit Calaway, president of the Harley-Davidson Foundation and vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson. “Let’s hope New York’s legislation starts a nationwide movement to raise awareness and save more women’s lives.”
The Harley-Davidson Foundation donated a two-tone red 2016 Electra Glide ® Ultra Classic ® to be auctioned off by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise money to prevent and cure the disease.
On Monday, June 27, the governor signed legislation expanding screening hours at hospitals and eliminating insurance hurdles for mammograms and other diagnostic imaging procedures.
“I’m so grateful to the legislators for passing this bill. Motorcycle rides have always made me feel free — and I am so happy to be hitting the open road in good health,” said Lee, who rode on Cuomo’s bike during the first leg of the ride. The second and third legs will be July 8 and July 13.