Oceanside motorcycle ride raises $10,000 for breast cancer awareness


The Maurer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to spreading breast cancer prevention awareness throughout Long Island hosted its fourth annual motorcycle ride on Aug. 12, raising more than $10,000 for the cause.

Despite gloomy weather, the bikers set off from Oceanside and rode 75 miles to Riverhead in the name of fighting breast cancer. Maurer Foundation executive director and Oceanside resident Susan Samaroo originally created the event as a way for local bikers to have a relaxing time with friends while raising money for a good cause.

More than 40 riders and contributors took part, donating $50 each to participate, and were encouraged to raise additional funds ahead of the ride. Herber Plumbing & Heating served as the event’s chief sponsor.

“We are thrilled to be the event sponsor this year and helping to raise more money than the event has ever raised,” Bob Herber, Herber’s president and CEO said. “Most of us have been impacted by breast cancer in some way and understand how important it is to educate the community on this issue.”

Funds to the Maurer Foundation support breast health education programs presented at high schools, colleges and community groups on Long Island. The programs share tips on reducing breast cancer risk such as adopting a healthy diet and exercising, as well as instruction on early detection techniques.