2017 DFAC Check Presentation to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

October 28th, 2017

We are delighted to be a Community Partner with MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

We have a host of people we want to recognize for their contributions.  Here are a list of names of a few people who made a significant contribution to our efforts this year.  These organizations, motorcycle clubs, family members and friends all help to contribute to the efforts of raising the $5,000.00.

Divas For A Cure “DFAC”
  • Jan Emanuel-Costley – Founder & President, DFAC (Also a retired member of NJBSMC – Mother Chapter)
  • Aj Coffee – Vice-President, DFAC (Also a retired member of NABSTMC)
  • Krista Clark – Secretary, DFAC (Also a member of NJBSMC – Mother Chapter)
  • Maureen Chambers, Advisory Board Member
  • Cindy Brining, Advisory Board Member (Also a member of Green Knights M/C)
  • Barb Borowiec, Dealership Owner
  • Amanda Riess, Marketing & Promotions Manager
  • Thomas Costley, Co-Founder & President, USBCF – Ride Coordinator & Road Captain
  • Jan Emanuel-Costley, Co-Founder, USBCF
  • Herb Dorsey – Lead Road Captain
  • Harris Grant – President, NJBSMC – Mother Chapter
  • NJBSMC – Mother Chapter (Members provided Escort as Road Guards)
Team Money Cycles – “TMC”
  • Rick Williams, Founder & CEO
  • Sound Off Series – Competition Participants
 Anthony & Margaret Adamucci
  • Family of Marta Tabickman

Team Money Cycles (TMC)

October 28th, 2017

Team Money Cycles (TMC)

We are on a mission. Divas For A Cure is partnering with Team Money Cycles (TMC).

In addition to our focus on customized motorcycles, we have an even bigger vision.

TMC strives to raise awareness to many causes that affect the lives of everyday people.

We want our events to serve as the catalyst for bringing people together, while embarking on a mission to bring attention to matters of the heart.

Team Money Cycles (TMC), began in 2015. Our mission is to bring together individuals that share a love for customized motorcycles, outfitted with extreme sound systems which could include numerous sub woofers, speakers and amplifiers, in addition to custom paint and exotic wheels.

At TMC, we strive to continuously promote positivity, creativity, and authenticity.

Please, jump on for the ride!

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.



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” (www.divasforacure.org).

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, www.RealDivasRide.com, as an online motorcycle forum for women interested in the activity.  That site spawned www.DivasForACure.org, 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…

Public Notice

March 2nd, 2012

Real Divas Ride “RDR” & Divas For A Cure “DFAC”and is protected by copyright law and such copyright is owned by Real Divas Ride “RDR” & Divas For A Cure “DFAC”  unless credited otherwise.  It may not be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, distributed, broadcast or transmitted in any way without the copyright owner’s consent.  Prior written consent of the copyright owner must be obtained for any use of material.

Infringement and Unauthorized Use of the Real Divas Ride/Divas For A Cure Logo

Infringement, Fraudulent, Unauthorized Use of the Real Divas Ride/Divas For A Cure Logo by Pinocchio’s Ride For The TaTas affiliated with Moms On The Run

Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill (Reno, NV), Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill (Sparks, NV), Moms on the Run (Reno, NV),  and Ride for the TaTas (Reno, NV) are NOT affiliated with Real Divas Ride “RDR” & Divas For A Cure “DFAC”  in any way.  Nor has RDR and/or DFAC authorized these entities to create and use an altered RDR/DFAC logo.  Monies raised by the above mentioned entities (through and not limited to donations or sale of merchandise with the altered logo) were not authorized by DFAC/RDR nor has DFAC/RDR received any monies from the sale of these items.



Real Divas Ride “RDR” and Divas For A Cure “DFAC” Logos

October 1st, 2005
Divas For A Cure

Do You Have What It Takes To Ride With A Diva?

The Real Divas Ride “RDR” and the Divas For A Cure “DFAC” logo is propriatery property of  Real Divas Ride.  Use of the  Real Divas Ride and the  Divas For A Cure “DFAC”  Name or Logo for fundraising without prior written consent is strictly prohibited.

2017 Divas For A Cure Check Presentation to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

October 12th, 2017

2017 DFAC Check Presentation to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

You are welcome to join us to deliver the funds raised to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper on Saturday, October 28th. We will depart from Barb’s Harley-Davidson Parking lot at 12:00PM for a 12:30PM arrival time at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Celebrating the Life of Mother Gladys Mae Jefferson

October 5th, 2017

Heaven has a beautiful new Angel in its presence…

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Gladys Mae Jefferson.  Mother Jefferson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, warrior and survivor.

As a nurse of 33 years, she was also a strong advocate of women’s health.  Mother Jefferson was a breast cancer survivor and also a supporter of Divas For A CureClick here to read her story.


Gladys' Children

Gladys’ Children

The family has requested donations be made in honor of Mother Jefferson to Divas For A Cure.

If you would like to make an online donation, please click here:  Donate to Breast Cancer Research

Sunny & Aj

Sunny & Aj

You are welcome to send donations by mail as follows:

By Mail:  (Donations must be made payable to “Divas For A Cure”)

Divas For A Cure 
P O Box 1256
Browns Mills, NJ 08015

Divas For A Cure is a 501(c)(3) (California Non-Profit  Public Benefit Corporation).  Federal Tax ID # available upon request.

Sunny, Mother Jefferson, the grandchildren and Suga Soldier.

Mother Jefferson has been a cheerleader for Divas For A Cure since our inception in 2005. During our very first Divas For A Cure Cross-Country Breast Cancer Motorcycle Ride, we made a pit stop in Tulsa, OK. We were greeted by Mother Jefferson and a host of family and friends. It had been a very long, hot, exhausting and hard ride. We were all just about sick of each other by the time we reached Tulsa.  Mother Jefferson gave us all a big hug. I told her, “Aj thinks she’s the boss of me.”  Mother Jefferson smiled and said, “Yes, I heard you need one!  Now, get over here with the rest of the family!” I politely replied, “Yes, Ma’am!”

2017 Barb’s H-D Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Ride

August 23rd, 2017

Join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017  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)

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