Bikers Against Cancer was formed in the spring of 2011. Rick Kackley,President/Founder established this group with wisdom from God. God is the official Leader of our Family and all credit must be given to him.
In the spring of 2011, Rick Kackley, Jim Landeck, Larry Carpenter , and Buzz Smith all took a fun trip down memory lane by riding our bikes to Galveston Island, Texas. Buzz, Larry ,and Rick went to high school together in Monett, MO and Jim was Rick's best friend. The 4 of us talked about starting a group, but had no idea what to do.
Rick went home and had a long talk with God. You see, in 2008, Jim and Rick had a car wreck at their lake houses. While being checked out after the wreck, the doctors found lung cancer in Rick's left lung. In 2009-10, Rick suffered from a second cancer in his throat. In the early 2000's Jim had colon cancer, so they were both familiar with cancer. Since that time Rick has had a recurrence of his lung cancer classified as Stage 4. Also since 1997, Rick has had an inoperable brain tumor.
Apparently Jesus Christ still needed Rick around to spread His word and that of cancer. In 2012, while battling lung cancer, Rick rode his Harley to California to raise funds to fight cancer, riding from Dallas Texas to San Diego. In March, 2013, Rick rode his Harley Davidson Tri- Glide to Washington, DC with Stage 4 Lung cancer and the brain tumor by himself. He met with Congress and Senate trying to get appropriations to fight cancer. In April the same year, Rick also met with the Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for cancer.
Rick's passion to find a cure for cancer has poured over into the Bikers Against Cancer organization. He created the Facebook page to build a family of friends who are all determined to find a cure. On this page, members share experiences about cancer, whether their own or that of family and/or friends. Daily members ask for prayers and support for each other to find strength. Today there are 7 local extension chapters in other states. Members are from all over the world.
In June 2014, Bikers Against Cancer, was approved as an official 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. All money earned by the organization goes for cancer research or to a cancer patient who needs assistance with expenses. Donations can be sent to Bikers Against Cancer, 1401 Cherokee Trail, Plano, Texas, 75023 and are tax deductible.