HAVERHILL — With a pink bra draped across the handlebars, it will be unlike most motorcycles you see roaring down the road.
The Pink Angels Posse will hit the road again this weekend to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. In the lead will be Wayne and Marcia Masse of Haverhill.
They’ll be dressed in pink and riding a motorcycle with a pink bra on the handlebars.
During this year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-mile walk in Boston, which kicks off tomorrow, Wayne and wife Marcia will cheer on other members of The Pink Angels walking team. Together since 2005, this group of women and men are committed to eliminating breast cancer — and have raised $1.8 milion for the cause.
Marcia Masse is a 15-year breast cancer survivor.
“When I put that big pink bra on my bike, we get a lot of thumbs up,’” Wayne Masse said. “It’s a ton of fun and Marcia will be on the sidelines too or on the back of my bike and she’ll be dressed in pink as well.”
As a walking team, the group has raised the $1.8 million for the Susan G. Komen event over the years. But since this is the last year for the walk in Boston, The Pink Angels have become their own nonprofit organization. After this weekend’s walk, the angels will raise money for local charities, said team captain Joanne Seneta of Lynn, a 10-year cancer survivor who formed The Pink Angels and invited others to join.
“I’m very proud of our amazing group and hope that we have taken many steps in finding a cure in our lifetime,” Seneta said.
Seneta will take part in this weekend’s walk in Boston along with 42 other Pink Angel members. For members of The Pink Angel Posse, nothing is too crazy or too outlandish to wear in their efforts to motivate walkers to raise money.
“I feel fortunate that my wife has been able to survive this disease,” Wayne Masse said. “I’ve come to know too many people who have lost the battle over the years.”
Posse member Brian Glass of Danvers usually dresses as Carmen Miranda, while Gene Seneta of Lynn will wear a pink tutu and pink hard hat while cheering on his wife.
“I’ll be wearing a pink gown with wings,” Wayne Masse said. “Some members of the posse keep their outfits secret until they show up at some point during the day.”
The Susan G. Komen organization announced last month that Boston and six other cities will no longer be stops on the 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day series. But Massachusetts residents are being encouraged to continue to show their support by participating in the 2013 Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure, which will be held on Sept. 29 in South Boston.
Wayne Masse, Seneta and 22 other Pink Angel members will also raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in October in Washington, D.C., which they will participate in.
“We’ll be walking in honor of a friend who lost the battle at age 29 after her eight-year struggle with breast cancer,” Wayne Masse said.
Members of the Pink Angels come from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts communities, including Haverhill, Lynn, Reading, Saugus, Swamscott, Beverly, Danvers, Methuen and Chelmsford.
For more information about The Pink Angels or to support their efforts, visit online at www.thepinkangels.org.
The fourth annual Pink Angels Motorcycle Ride is scheduled for Aug. 11 at American Legion Post 227, 69 River St., Middleton. The ride is rain or shine. Cost is $20 per rider, and you decide on the cost for your passenger. Staging is from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The ride starts at 11 a.m. Riders will travel a scenic two-hour, 60-mile back road tour through Essex County. This is a fully escorted non-stop ride. A celebration following the ride will include food and raffles. All riders and passengers are encouraged to wear pink to help raise awareness for the cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen walk in Washington, D.C. More information is available from Wayne Masse at email@example.com or 508-641-8943.