By Teri Morin
The Seventh Annual Mama T’s Fly Your Bra Ride, in honor of Teresa Horn, a breast cancer survivor and member of Paradise Chapter Ladies of Harley, will be held Saturday from 10:30 to 3 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson franchise on Pine Ridge Road, North Naples.
The goal is to raise awareness of breast cancer and bikers are expected to come from all over Florida.
There will be a blessing of the bikes by Rev. Michael P. Orsi of Ave Maria Law School.
Traditionally, everyone who participates will decorate a bra and wear it proudly to support those who have survived and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.
Every year recipient are chosen for the proceeds. This year’s are Jimmy Lotts and Angel Cardenas of Naples.
Lotts is a web programmer who was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma in December 2009. Leiomyosarcoma has no known cure. It is a resistant cancer, not generally responsive to radiation or chemotherapy. It grows in smooth muscles which make up all of our arteries, veins, lungs, intestines, stomach, esophagus and heart. Lotts’ was found by what he thought was a simple lump in his foot.
In January 2010 after the lump’s removal and radiation to kill any remaining cancer cells, there was hope. In October 2011, Jimmy was re-diagnosed when new lumps were found in his back and lungs. In November 2011, when he and his wife, Joni, returned from their wedding and honeymoon, Jimmy started aggressive chemotherapy. The treatments could not be continued due to risks to his heart. His white blood cells dropped significantly and he was in need of a blood transfusion.
In April 2012 Lotts was able to return to work and was started on an outpatient regimine of chemotherapy which showed good results. In October 2012, he and his wife made the decision to give his body a rest and him time to recuperate. But in July 2013 the lumps in his lungs were discovered to have grown.
Jimmy and Joni Lotts’ journey began for an alternative treatment. They found a doctor near Tampa who they believe will be able to help him. This new treatment will include intravenous vitamins and enzymes that will help counteract the cancer. The new treatment will include a diet that deprives the cancer and will help to build up the immune system.
The treatment is not covered by insurance and must be paid for in advance. The cost for this treatment is in excess of $3,400 per week, which does not include food or housing. The monies raised at Saturday’s event will help to cover his health expenses.
Angel Cardenas is a 47-year-old single mother who owns the local cleaning service Touch of an Angel. She was diagnosed in April with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), also known as infiltrating ductal carcinoma, a cancer that begins growing in the duct and invades the fatty tissue of the breast outside of the duct. IDC is the most common form of breast cancer, representing 80 percent of diagnoses.
The first surgery, in June, went well, but two days later she was readmitted for a week with blood clots in her legs. In July she started chemotherapy. She has one more session and is scheduled to have a double mastectomy on Oct. 16. With the chemo and after the mastectomy, Angel will have only an 11 percent chance of the cancer returning. Now that’s cause for a celebration!
We hope to see all of you at our event on Saturday, whether your ride a motorcycle or not. This is a celebration of life!