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Governor and more than 250 motorcyclists ride for a cure

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MS Governor Phil Bryant and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes. MS Governor Phil Bryant and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.
Dozens of motorcyclists listen to the governor speak at Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport. Dozens of motorcyclists listen to the governor speak at Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

If you were anywhere along Highway 49 Saturday you might have noticed dozens of motorcycles. Included in the sea of bikes--Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah.
They journeyed from Jackson to Gulfport on motorcycles for a cause that's near and dear to their hearts.

More than 250 motorcyclists from all over Mississippi ended their roughly five hour ride from Jackson at the Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport. 

"When we were coming into Hattiesburg there was lots of motorcycles all together waiting on us and it was a great feeling," motorcyclist Jeff Meyers, who drove Deborah Bryant.

And while the weather was also perfect for riding, their reason for hopping on their bikes was a very serious one. They were raising money for breast cancer research in the first ever "Governor's Ride for a Cure".

"We're trying to make sure that everyone understands it's time to go get your checkup. It's time to be aware of it. And so we called some of our guys who ride motorcycles and said, 'Hey, how bout a ride?'"

Bryant and his wife Deborah said their family is all too aware of the toll breast cancer takes on the individual and family.

"My mother is a breast cancer survivor she was actually diagnosed at age 76 and for her first time and I've been chairman for two years 2012, 2013. Right before the race in 2012 she was diagnosed in her other breast," first lady Deborah Bryant said.

Her mother beat breast cancer both times and is now 91-years-old.

Overall the ride raised $10,000 that will go towards finding a cure. City leaders like Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes joined the governor in speaking to bikers about the importance of ending the deadly disease.

Breast cancer survivor Beth Rawls rode to the Gulf Coast from Mendenhall. She said it brings her joy to see so many supporters of the cause.

"When you have it your family you need to know your body and know early detection. Mammograms anything that's wrong different you need to have it checked out. It's very important," Rawls said.

All the money raised will go to the Central Mississippi Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

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