Pink is not often a color associated with motorcycles; however, when Steve Koontz's good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, pink and motorcycle just seemed destined to come together. A motorcycle enthusiast, life-long Shelbyville resident Koontz put his compassion for his friend and his passion for motorcycles to work to begin building the custom-made motorcycle, complete with bright pink accents and the signature pink ribbon in honor of all women fighting breast cancer. In the U.S., breast cancer is reported as the second-leading cause of cancer death amongst women today. While most people just wonder what they can do to help, Steve took action.
After a year and a half of work to complete the motorcycle project, Koontz, of Fighting Chance Customs, announced that he is donating his work of metal and machine art to the Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Vicky Wagner Breast Cancer Assistance Fund. The one-of-a-kind ride will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit women in Shelby County and surrounding areas who are battling breast cancer. Specifically, money raised from the “Fight Like a Girl” Motorcycle raffle is being allocated to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses for cancer patients - whatever the specific need.
“My goal when people look at the bike is that they see a person. I hope they are reminded of someone who has passed away from breast cancer, someone who is fighting the disease or someone who has made a full recovery. Shelby Memorial Hospital was an easy choice when I decided to donate the motorcycle. They are a local organization and money raised will stay local, helping local women in need,” said Koontz.
Thanks to Steve, we all now have a way to help those who are fighting this terrible disease. Tickets for a chance to win the custom motorcycle, valued at $13,500 are now on sale. Raffle tickets are $20 each or three for $50. Tickets are available online at MySMH.org; at Shelby Memorial Hospital - administrative assistant office - located at 200 S. Cedar Street, Shelbyville; or at the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District Office located at 111 N. Cedar Street. Additionally, tickets can also be purchased by mail in the form of a check or money order made payable to Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 S Cedar Shelbyville, Illinois, 62565. The winner, who must be 18 years or older, will be announced on Friday, October 12, 2012 during Scarecrow Daze in Shelbyville. A full description of the rules and regulations of the “Fight Like a Girl” Pink Motorcycle Raffle can be found on the hospital's website at MySMH.org or wherever tickets are sold.