Young bikers join battle against cancer


Members of the Young Gunz Motorcycle Club express support for the efforts of the Commonwealth Cancer Association. (Contributed Photo)

Members of the Young Gunz Motorcycle Club made their public debut via a tribute ride as advocates for the battle against cancer.

Like their older counterpart, the Matua Riders, the youth group intends to reach out through charitable events or by showing their support for causes. The first community event the club put together was the tribute ride called Ride Against Cancer last Thursday.

The youth motorcycle club stems from the Matua Riders Motorcycle Club. The YG club is basically made up of younger Matua Riders.

According to former Matua Rider official Marie Salas-Igitol, the YGs were amped up to support the battle against cancer.

“This was YG’s first event for this year. They were revved up to do a tribute ride in honor of those who succumbed to, survived, and are currently battling cancer,” she said.

The battle against cancer is also personal for the club as one of its members, former police officer Israel Deleon, is currently battling cancer.

Deleon said he was emotional but also happy during the tribute ride and was nearly moved to tears as he rode with his club mates.

Deleon is currently supported by the Commonwealth Cancer Association and is also working with the association to establish more fundraisers or community events to spread awareness.

The YGs attended the proclamation signing last Wednesday at the Hopwood Middle School field in support of the Marianas March Against Cancer and also rode in the MMAC event last Friday in a convoy.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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