Isabella Lettini will never forget the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The announcement felt like someone had put a hot, searing knife into my heart and it was slowly spreading through my body
In March 2010, the Kellyville resident and News photographer had noticed a frozen pea-sized lump in her left breast.
A few months later, her doctor confirmed the lump was malignant and Ms Lettini began treatment for breast cancer.
“I can still remember that moment like it was yesterday,” Ms Lettini said.
“The announcement felt like someone had put a hot, searing knife into my heart and it was slowly spreading through my body.
“I was crying and about to faint.”
Seven years later, Ms Lettini is now cancer-free.
“I have never thought ‘why me; and have no regrets for having had breast cancer. It has made me the person I am today,” Ms Lettini said.
She now gives back by raising money and awareness for breast cancer participating in the Pink Ribbon ride and Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Walk.
Ms Lettini said she started participating in the Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride because everyone is touched by cancer at some point.
“I’ve had friends diagnosed every year since," Ms Lettini said.
“I am doing it for myself but also them.”
Thousands of riders will hit the road for the Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride, which will kick off from Club Macaroni on Sunday, October 15.
Ms Lettini said she has made many friends during her time, including Greg “Hellrider” Nomchong.
“I think this is the fourth time I will be riding with him. He saves me a seat,” Ms Lettini said.
“I wouldn’t have met all these people if I hadn’t been for me getting it.”
The annual event has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 2001.
Ms Lettini said it’s an “emotional but very happy day”.
“I wore a tutu for the first time in my life.
“We are raising tonnes of money for an very good cause,” Ms Lettini said.
“It’s obviously something very close to my heart.”
- Details: give.everydayhero.com/au/the-2017-sydney-pink-ribbon-motorcycle-ride.