The story of how 500 bikers helped a mum diagnosed with cancer to fulfil a bucket list dream of a Harley Davidson ride has appeared on ITV’s This Morning.
In the episode which aired yesterday morning (Friday, May 25) Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford introduced a segment sharing the story of Waltham Abbey mum Vicki Stevens.
The 42-year-old was diagnosed with triple breast cancer in October 2014 and while initially given the all clear, things took a devastating turn for the worse two years on.
After her diagnosis, the mum of two created a bucket list of things that would create memories with her family and friends – including the Harley Davidson ride.
Presenters Eamon and Ruth said: “She’s a mother of two who recently was told that she has a matter of months to live.
“But despite her terminal diagnosis, Vicki Stevens has spent the precious time she has left living out some of her biggest dreams.
“This is including her latest adventure which involved 500 bikers.”
The video footage shows around 300 bikers lining the street of her home in Winters Way before being escorted by police to the Harley Davidson dealership at Lakeside.
The segment also heard from Vicki’s close friends and family.
Vicki was first diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump back in October 2014.
“I had it checked out and found that I had triple breast cancer,” Vicki said.
“It’s one they don’t know much about and the most likely one you are to die from.”
While the mum-of-two was later given the all clear, her cancer returned two years on.
“I was getting horrendous headaches and I just knew that it had come back,” she said.
She was then diagnosed with secondary cancer which has since spread to her brain, lung and spine.
In June last year Vicki was given just two months to live.
“I was gutted but stayed positive and started to fight,” she continued.
“There was no way I was letting cancer ruin my life and that of my family.”
Vicki continues to receive both radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Her details have been sent to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also known as Bart’s, to see if any trials are going on that may be able to help her.
She said: “I don’t know how long I have got to live.
“Everyone is different and every cancer is different.”
Vicki has experienced some side effects from her treatment – in particular exhaustion.
Yet she is determined to continue living life to the full.
“I feel fine – that’s why I cannot get my head around it,” she added.
“That’s why I want to do as much as I can and I am trying to be as normal as I possibly can for the boys.”
Sam Kendall and Charlotte Fawcett together told the camera how Vicki has swam with sharks, been on safari and flown a plane since her diagnosis.
They said: “Vicki being Vicki, she’s not one to dwell on it.
“She wanted just to have fun and make the most of the life she has.
“She is just full of life.”
Her best friend Nicola Spinks-Gambril added: “She got married within six weeks which was crazy and just the most amazing thing.
“I can’t believe how many people have made the effort to come here from all over the place.
“It is absolutely overwhelming and nothing is ever going to top this for her.”
Upon her arrival at Lakeside a further 200 bikers had gathered taking the total to around 500.
Waiting at the dealership was husband Carl Martinelli who said: “Today means so much for Vicki and for all her family and friends all to be together and enjoy this day with her.
“It just means so much to us to see her happy.
“It’s such a sad time – it’s truly amazing how many people have shown their affection for her and turned up on this ride.”
Crowds on the day were also treated to dance performances and live music.
An overwhelmed Vicki thanked those who had made the day possible.
“You’ve just been absolutely amazing,” she said.
“You’ve gone out of your way to make my bucket list bigger and better than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams.
“So thank you so much.”
Eamon and Ruth added that “a lot of good people making a lot of good things happen” and that the ride out “certainly put a smile on Vicki’s face”.
You can catch up with the episode on ITV player here.