Dottie Mattern’s Cannonball Run for Colon Cancer

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

Dottie Mattern’s Cannonball Run for Colon CancerEver since her college days at the University of Maryland, Dottie Mattern has been riding motorcycles. Now, with her 70th birthday approaching, Dottie aims to become the oldest woman to complete the Cannonball Run, which stretches 4,100 miles from coast to coast. The endurance race features only antique motorcycles model year 1937 and older, and Dottie will be riding a 1937 Indian Scout (her normal ride is an ’06 Suzuki V-Strom). After serving as National Secretary for the Antique Motorcycle Club for 15 years, Dottie is intimately familiar with the world of classic motorcycles.

In 2001, Dottie was diagnosed with colon cancer, a very dangerous though treatable strain. As a cancer survivor, Mattern will use the Cannonball Run as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the treatment of the disease. “My brother died from colon cancer that had spread because it was not diagnosed early,” she explains. “The Colon Cancer Alliance is dedicated to education, early detection, funding research, and providing the highest quality patient support services. Hopefully, my riding the Cannonball will create an awareness of the importance of early screening and the work of the Colon Cancer Alliance.”

She hopes to raise $70,000 and all money raised will be split evenly between the Colon Cancer Alliance and the Antique Motorcycle Foundation.

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