In this town, sometimes angels come in a T-bucket.
The modified hot rod Model T will be out cruising along with the motorcycles in the seventh annual Angel Ride to Save the Ta-Tas on Saturday, which raises money for breast cancer patients at Trinity Regional Medical Center.
The hot rod's owner Melissa Hansen said she's done the ride with her husband the last three or four years, but this is the first time she actually was part of the Angel Ride team.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Lynda Lowery, left, and Melissa Hansen take a spin in Hansen’s hot rod along Central Avenue in downtown Fort Dodge recently.
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Lynda Lowery unfolds an Angel Ride shirt next to a rack of shirts, bracelets and other merchandise at KaLeiDasCope Gifts. All profits from the items go toward uninsured expenses for cancer patients. The angel design on her back features silvery, metallic wings, to signify giving the angels more strength in their fight, she said.
"She's our organizer," said Lynda Lowery, one of the event coordinators. "She came in and said, 'I'm a person that's obsessed with organization,' and I'm the other direction."
Breast cancer awareness and treatment is dear to Hansen's heart.
"My grandmother was a survivor, and lots and lots of friends of ours have fought the battle and won, and some haven't, so it's just been a passion of mine," she said. "That's why I just decided that she needs to have some pink on her," Hansen added, explaining how she was going to decorate the hot rod.
If you go:
What: Angel Ride to Save the Ta-Tas
When: Sign up from 9 to 11 a.m. at Amigo's. Return to Amigo's by 5 p.m. for silent and live auctions.
Where: Ride begins and ends at Amigo's, 208 N. First St., traveling through Eagle Grove, Kamrar, Stratford, Dayton and Moorland.
Cost: $15 per person; money goes to TRMC Oncology
All the money goes to the Trinity Oncology Department, Lowery said.
"It goes to patients for uninsured expenses, such as wigs, scarves, travel expenses," she said. "We've had people who couldn't pay their electric bill because it was either their treatment or their electric bill. For some people it's either their treatment or their daily life.
"It's all private. If somebody needed help, they just call out there. It's not like they're going to be put on a list to let everybody know who they are. Some people regard breast cancer as a very private thing."
The ride costs $15, Lowery said. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Amigo's, and riders should be back by 5 p.m. for the live and silent auction and a deejay. The ride will be about 120 miles with stops at Rails Bar and Grill in Eagle Grove, Pickles Pub in Kamrar, Rungos in Stratford, the Iron Saddle Saloon in Dayton and Ralph's Tap in Moorland and before coming back to Amigo's.
Pre-registration is still available at Hansen's business, KaleiDasCope, 925 Central Ave. The group will also have registration booths at Amigo's and Rides Bar and Grill Wednesday.
Hansen helped design this year's Angel Ride T-shirts. They are purple, the survivor color, and the angel on the back has big silver metallic wings "to give the angels more strength for their fight," Lowery said.
The group also sells hoodies, tank tops, koozies and bandannas, some of which have this year's theme on them, "Treasure her Chest."
Last year the ride brought more than 500 riders. From everything they did, the Angel Ride group turned in a total of $37,536.84. Lowery hopes it will be even bigger this year.
The ride is not just for motorcycles.
"It would be fun to get more hot rods here," Lowery said. "One year we had a bicycle. This year we're hoping for anything that runs - trucks, cars."