The Hot Pink Racers, in their black shirts and hot pink ties, are quite a sight. Led by Joe Cygan and self-described as “not your typical rock n’ roll band,” the group formed specifically for the 2010 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. We are incredibly lucky that for the second year in a row, will be performing at the Survivor Ceremony following the 2011 Race for the Cure on Saturday.
The band’s most recent song, “Believe,” was written by Joe and was inspired by his late wife, Heather Pick.
“I think she pushed the pen a little. Some of the words are based on things she said and things we actually did,” Joe said. “Mostly I think her message to me and what I’d want others to take from the song is to ‘Enjoy Today.’ I know all too well that dealing with cancer every day can be all-consuming, frustrating and frightening. So take those opportunities to leave it behind when you can and live for life’s little victories. I think it makes you stronger.”
Joe’s band-mates collaborated on the song and it also includes the voices of Joe and Heather’s daughter Julia, as well as several of her friends.
“My band mates are super-supportive and we all know there’s a bigger message we’re trying to send.”
Download “Believe” on iTunes or Amazon.com now and all proceeds will support Komen Columbus. Make sure to check out the Hot Pink Racers starting at 9:30 am on the west side of the Statehouse this Saturday, May 14.
In addition to the Hot Pink Racers, this year’s ceremony will feature local musicians Rebekah Smith and Scott Solchert. The keynote speaker will be Regina Brett, a 14-year survivor, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours.