Team Money Cycles 5th Annual Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Charity Ride & BBQ

June 23rd, 2020

Sunday July 12th, 2020

We will be presenting a check to the hospital and doing a balloon release.
Please join us! We are asking for a $10.00 donation from each rider for the benefit. We will end with a FREE BBQ at Barb’s Harley-Davidson.
100% of money raised will be donated.

Barb’s Harley-Davidson
926 E. Black Horsepike
Mt. Ephraim, NJ

Line Up: 10:30am-11:45am

Kickstands Up: NOON

Destination: MD Anderson Cancer
Two Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ

2019 Barb’s Harley-Davidson Divas For A Cure Meet & Greet

September 3rd, 2019

2019 Barb’s Harley-Davidson Divas For A Cure Meet & Greet

  • October 5th (Meet & Greet 10:00am – 1:30pm)

  • Ride to MD Anderson –  1:30 – 2:00pm

  • Check Presentation at  MD Anderson     2:00:2:30pm

  • Event Price:  $20 per person

    • includes Light Lunch, Patch & Short Ride to MD Anderson

In The News…

December 3rd, 2018

We made the Channel 6 News…

2018 DFAC Check Presentation to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper – $6,000

December 3rd, 2018

Today, we presented a check for $6,000 to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Divas For A Cure “DFAC” annual fundraising efforts this year were supported by many people in the community.

2018 Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Ride:
– Sponsored by Barb’s Harley-Davidson
– Official Ride Coordinator – United States Black Cavalry Family “USBCF”
– Road Guards provided by New Jersey Buffalo Soldiers – Mother Chapter “NJBSMC”

2018 Fundraising Partners:
-Team Money Cycles “TMC”
– Raymour & Flanigan
– PageTurner Network
– Tenth Street Baptist Church Women’s Ministry
– Family, and numerous friends in the motorcycle community

9th Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch

October 29th, 2018

Divas For A Cure is proud to be a Community Partner and we were honored to be a part of this year’s celebration as a Guest Speaker.

Click here to hear my journey…

By attending the brunch, donating to the cause, and purchasing raffle tickets, we helped raise $850,000 for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs right here in South Jersey.  Your support directly helps women, and their families, during their cancer journey.

Click here to view a few of the many photos from the 9th Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch


2018 DFAC Check Presentation to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

October 28th, 2018


We could not have done it without you.  Please help us present the funds raised to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper this year  on December 1, 2018.

We will meet-up at Barb’s H-D.  If the weather permits, we will be riding (Kick-Stands Up:  11:30AM).  If the weather is bad we will drive our cars.

Date:   Saturday, December 1, 2018
Presentation Time:  12:00 Noon
Place:  MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Two Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ 08103

2018 Divas For A Cure Fundraising Event at Raymour & Flanigan

October 27th, 2018

This year, Raymour & Flanigan  joined us in supporting the our cause.

Raymour & Flanigan presented a check for  $1,090.00 to Divas For A Cure to support Breast Cancer Research.

Wind Beneath My Wings

October 21st, 2018

It was my pleasure to be invited to speak at 10 Street Baptist Church for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The congregation is small but mighty.  Pastor Evan brought “The Word” and we all left full!










2018 Team Money Cycles Sound Off Competition & Fundraising Event

October 20th, 2018

We enjoyed an evening of family, fun and Bad Bikes with Big Sound!  If you’ve never been to a Team Money Cycle “Sound Off Competition” – you don’t know what you are missing!  These are not just loud motorcycles.  These are custom baggers with precision dynamic custom music systems!  Yes and the caveat is that they are also beautiful custom bikes of all sizes, makes and models.

Divas For A Cure was chosen as the charity for this years event which was also sponsored by Barb’s Harley-Davidson.    Team Money Cycles and Barb’s Harley-Davidson presented a check to Divas For A Cure for $1,000.00.











2018 Barb’s H-D Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Ride

August 8th, 2018

2018 DFAC Breast Cancer Ride

Join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018  for Barb’s Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Ride to the Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong, NJ.

  • Register 10am to 12pm
  • Ride leaves Barb’s H-D at 12:30pm.

The first 200 riders to register receive a free patch. Rider and/or passenger registration fee is $25.
Proceeds go to Divas For A Cure, supporting breast cancer research organizations.

Ride ends at the Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong and includes an amazing buffet lunch!
Join this great ride for a great cause.

For more information, call Amanda at Barb’s H-D (856-456-4141)

Divas For A Cure partners with Team Money Cycles

August 1st, 2018

Divas For A Cure Team Money Cycles is partnering to bring cancer  awareness to our community.  Our mission is help eradicate cancers of all kinds.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate!  This year we are dedicating our efforts to help both men and women affected by various types of cancer.

Here is where we need your help!

You can make a donation by:

– Check payable to  Divas For A Cure  (Include in memo: SOS)

– Make a donation through your bank with  Zelle to info@DivasForACure

– Make a donation online thru Eventbrite

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help lighten someone’s burden in this fight!

MD Anderson comes to New Jersey

November 2nd, 2013


 MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Two Cooper Plaza
400 Haddon Ave
Camden, New Jersey 08103

MD Anderson Cancer Center at CooperCamden, New Jersey

In September 2013, Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey.   The new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper brings together MD Anderson’s world-renowned expertise and Cooper’s regional leadership in a partnership that opens up a broader range of options for cancer patients in South Jersey, Delaware and the Greater Philadelphia region. Disease-site specific, multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses and other clinical specialists work together to provide cancer patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, access to a wide range of groundbreaking clinical trials and dynamic patient-physician relationships.  MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is the only accredited American College of Surgeons Academic Cancer Program in South Jersey.

Recent News Coverage


Top rated MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper opens, patient treatment to begin next week

Philadelphia Business Journal

There usually aren’t many positive phrases associated with chemotherapy treatment rooms. But for Dr. Generosa Grana, the 18-patient infusion center at the new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is “the highlight of the building.”

Get a look at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (Photo gallery)

Philadelphia Business Journal

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper got its official unveiling Monday morning. It marks Cooper Health System’s most significant step to date to keep South Jersey patients in need of advanced care from crossing a bridge to get that medical attention in Philadelphia or elsewhere.

Ribbon cutting at new Cooper cancer center

ABC News Philadelphia

MD Anderson brings cutting edge cancer treatment, research and important clinical trials to our area that not only help local patients, but patients worldwide.


New Cancer Center at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ Set To Open

CBS Philadelphia

A ribbon-cutting was held this morning for a new cancer center opening in Camden. Cooper University Hospital board chair George Norcross (second from left in photo) said today that when a partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was proposed, he was unaware of the center’s national reputation.


MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper opens with commitment to research, cancer prevention

The Star Ledger

George Norcross had never heard of MD Anderson Cancer Center a decade ago, when Cooper University Health Care began exploring potential partners for a Camden-based cancer center.


MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper opens

The Courier Times

The best cancer care “in the galaxy” has come to the city, Cooper University Hospital Chairman George E. Norcross III said Monday, when the hospital cut the ribbon on the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

The $100 million, four-story center will open for its first patients next week.


Gov. Christie and prominent N.J. pols welcome renowned cancer treatment center

The Jersey Journal

Predicting it would put South Jersey on the map for offering the best cancer treatment in the nation, Cooper University Health System Board Chairman George Norcross today hosted a christening for the 103,050-square foot treatment facility bearing the name of its renowned partner, MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston.


MD Anderson, Cooper officially open $100 million Camden cancer center

New Jersey Business News

The ribbon was cut today on the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a new four-story, $100 million cancer treatment center in Camden.$100-million-Camden-cancer-center


Editorial: A ribbon-cutting for a cancer center as we think pink

New Jersey News

It was a pink-letter day for all of South Jersey on Monday.

Not only are we more than a week into National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — you may have seen those pink section fronts in the South Jersey Times the past two Sundays — but scores of officials were on hand as the region’s first all-encompassing, one-stop cancer treatment center opened in Camden.

DFAC (Strength, Hope, Courage, Faith) BC-1

September 8th, 2013

DFAC - Strength, Courage, Hope, Faith)

DFAC - Strength, Courage, Hope, Faith) BC-1

DFAC (Strength, Hope, Courage, Faith) BC-11 (Includes Shipping & Handling) – $6.00

Size: Approximately 2.25 inches x 3.75 inches

Divas For A Cure “DFAC” is a non-profit public benefit corporation.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all DFAC Merchandise is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Divas For A Cure Small Signature Patch – 1 Pink Ribbon

September 7th, 2013

DFAC Signature Patch - 1

DFAC Small Signature Patch – 1

Divas For A Cure Small Signature Patch – Pink Ribbon – 1 (Includes Shipping & Handling) – $4.00

Size:  1.5 inches x 2.5 inches

Divas For A Cure “DFAC” is a non-profit public benefit corporation.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all DFAC Merchandise is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. 

DFAC – Divas For A Cure Ride Patches (7 Pack)

September 6th, 2013

DFAC Ride Patches 7 Pack

DFAC Ride Patches 7 Pack

DFAC – Divas For A Cure Ride Patches (7 Pack) (Includes Shipping & Handling) – $25.00

As Shown in Photo – Includes:  2-DFAC Pink Ribbons, 1 each of Strength, Hope, Courage & Faith Patch,  2007, 2008, 2011 & 2012 Ride Patches)

Divas For A Cure “DFAC” is a non-profit public benefit corporation.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all DFAC Merchandise is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Real Divas Ride For A Cure!

November 1st, 2012

By David Smallwood & Jan Emanuel-Costley

Like pioneering Black motorcyclist Bessie Stringfield traveled cross-country delivering classified documents for the Army during World War II, Jan Emanuel-Costley today rides the nation’s roads on her Harley to raise money for breast cancer research.

For three years, Jan, who goes by her road name “Sunny The Diva,” has spearheaded annual motorcycle fundraising treks with fellow lady biking enthusiasts for her non-profit organization, Divas For A Cure “DFAC” (

The three rides have covered over 25,000 miles and raised $123,200 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas.  Harley-Davidson, the leading name in the motorcycle world, was the primary sponsor of the rides.

Stringfield, the first Black woman to ride across America on a motorcycle, was 16 when she learned to ride, as was Emanuel, in Oakland, where she grew up.

At 16, Emanuel was also diagnosed with a small cancerous cyst on her head that was removed, but returned later when she was 18, along with ear and jaw pain, and was removed again.

At 22, Sunny found the lump between her armpit and breast, but the doctor at the hospital she called said not to worry, she was too young to have cancer and wait to have it checked out at her next gynecology appointment.

After three months of pain, the lymph node area got inflamed and tender to the touch and when she called again, she says they said, oh, that’s definitely not cancer because cancer doesn’t hurt, and by the time cancer hurts, you’re almost dead.

“I was at work, but decided to just go to the emergency room anyway,” says Emanuel.  “The doctor said I needed to schedule a mammogram immediately.  The look on his face was tragic.

“After the mammogram he walked in and said you have breast cancer and we need to schedule you for a mastectomy.  His bedside manner left a lot to be desired.  I told him I was only 22, I came in the world with two breasts and I’m going to leave the world with two breasts, and you better figure out how to do it.”

Emanuel joined a study using newly developed laser techniques in conjunction with her hospital. The treatment worked, her breast was saved, and she hasn’t had a problem with it since.

Sunny The DivaBut Sunny, now 51 and married with four adult children, says her positive outcome was a result of early detection and her persistence that something was wrong.

“According to statistics, White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, while minority women are more likely to die,” Sunny says.  “Black women normally take too long to do follow-up, to get tested, don’t have adequate medical insurance, and we’re not educated.  We’re definitely not pro-active and it’s still a hush-hush kind of disease.”

When Emanuel turned 28, she went into cardiac arrest and had a stroke.  An aunt, Mary Clemons, who was also her godmother and with whom she lived for part of her adolescent life, was her caregiver during this period.

Sunny says, “My aunt came over and took care of me, changed my bandages, helped me use the bathroom, nursed me back to health, cooked, helped me with the kids, made sure I went for my checkups –– the whole nine yards –– but never once did she say she was sick herself.  When she finally told us something was wrong, she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

“The doctors said the cancer she had was 95 percent curable had she caught it early, but it had advanced from her breast to her arm into her neck and into her brain.”

Jan was in the room with her aunt when she died.

“It was such a life-altering experience,” she recalls. “At around the same time, someone dared me to ride my motorcycle across country.  I said, not only will I ride across the country, I’ll get some other women to ride with me to raise money and we’ll donate it to a cancer foundation for research in my aunt’s name.”

A Room at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center dedicated in the name of Divas For A CureEmanuel says she picked the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas to receive donations because they are leaders in cancer research (currently ranked number one in the nation) and in treating minorities, especially African American women.  M.D. Anderson graciously agreed to name an exam room in its breast cancer center in honor of Divas For A Cure.

Emanuel in 1999 started her website,, as an online motorcycle forum for women interested in the activity.  That site spawned, which provides information on the annual rides.

Because she rides a Harley, Sunny approached the company to ask for their support, and they obliged. (On her website there’s a section titled “Why A Harley?” followed by a one-sentence answer, “If I have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand.”)

“We’re very excited about supporting their ride for the third year and supporting their initiatives to increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer; it’s a tremendous cause for us,” says Harley-Davidson spokesperson Karina Jaramillo. “We facilitate our relationship between the divas and many of our local dealers so they can come out to different dealerships during the course of their ride and do fundraising activities.”

A small group of women are selected to ride in the event each year.  The inaugural ride in 2006 was 8,600 miles from San Francisco to New York and back in 22 days. Eight divas started, and Sunny was the only one who finished, but $25,000 was raised.

“I quickly found out you should limit cross-country riding to just a few divas,” Sunny says.  “Anybody who calls themselves a Diva is going to probably have a personality, so with eight divas, there were some conflicts. Mix hot weather, motorcycles and long distances, and it becomes volatile, especially over 22 days.”

She repeated the event in 2007 to prove that the initial success was not a fluke.  This ride, with five divas, went 7,300 miles from Oakland to Maryland and back, and raised $50,000.

The 2008 ride  was 6,000 miles from New Jersey, down to Atlanta, up to Canada and back, and raised $35,000.  There were only four divas riding this time – Costley, the organization’s vice president AJ Coffee, Cynthia Marcy, and Elaine Thomas.

“It’s a very hard ride,” Sunny explains.  “Most people when they sign up think of a nice little leisurely cross-country tour – make stops, take pictures, shop.  It’s not like that.  After riding all day, all you’re looking for is a shower and pillow at Motel 6, Motel 4, even Motel 2 – you don’t care at that point!” she says.

USBCF, NJBSMC & the Motorcycle Community united in the effort.

The divas ride almost 500 miles a day, between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to avoid nighttime riding hazards, and have to keep to a strict timetable to honor their Harley-Davidson dealership appearances.

They are accompanied by members of the Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club –– Sunny is married to the former national president of the organization, Thomas Costley –– and they are followed by a support van that carries their clothes, supplies, and food.

“People sign up to ride with us for a leg or two and they pay a registration fee, but after a (short) while, they’re like, ‘this is crazy, this ain’t no fun! All we’re doing is riding and sleeping!’  But I say, ‘And raising money!’  That’s the important thing,” Emanuel says.

It is very taxing on the body and finances to maintain an annual cross-country motorcycle trek, so in 2010 Emanuel and Divas For A Cure took some time off from the annual breast cancer run to recoup and reorganize.

Barb’s Harley-Davidson is a woman-owned dealership in Mt. Ephraim, NJ.  Barb and her staff actively support the community on all fronts. They were diligent in their efforts to help support Divas For A Cure and in 2010 took up the helm to support them on a local level.

In 2010, Barb kicked-off the First Annual Barb’s Harley-Davidson Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Ride to help continue the efforts.

Sue, KC, Sunny & Cindy

It is with the united efforts of Barb, her staff and the motorcycle community that DFAC can continue to make a difference.

In 2011, Sunny found another lump, so without hesitation she sought medial advice from a Breast Surgeon.  The surgeon determined that a lumpectomy would be necessary. Her advice was simple. Let’s not fool around with this. The surgery was slightly delayed due to a pre-existing heart condition.  The surgeon removed four growths and surrounding tissue.  The pathology report came back – “all margins clear.”

Jan Emanuel-Costley aka Sunny The Diva

The surgery was a success and Emanuel was back on her iron horse in no time.


Big RedAnd yes, it’s 2012 and she is still rolling.   Emanuel averages about 7 – 10,000 miles a year on her iron horse.


So, if a woman on a bright red Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic with pink bling on her helmet passed you on the highway – it was probably “The Diva.”


Early Detection Saves Lives

March 19th, 2012

Cindy & Sunny “Survivors”

1 in every 8women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Caucasian Women are more likely to be diagnosed. African American and Hispanic Women are more likely to die! You can help change those statistics.


Early detection saves lives!

Get the facts…

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March 2nd, 2012

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October 1st, 2005

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