A mum of two who doesn’t know how long she has left to live after being diagnosed with cancer will fulfil her dream of taking a pillion ride on a Harley Davidson.
Vicki Stevens, 42, will take the journey from her Waltham Abbey home to the Harley Davidson dealership at Lakeside in May thanks to kind strangers who will help her tick the experience off her bucket list.
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.”
Vicki, who is mum to four-year old Samuel and 11-year-old Jacob, was later given the all clear, however things took a devastating turn for the worse two years on.
“I was getting horrendous headaches and I just knew that it had come back,” she said.
She was then diagnosed which 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 also been sent to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also known as Barts, 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, who is married to Carl, 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.”
Since her diagnosis, Vicki has created a bucket list of things she would like to do.
“I want to experience new things and make memories with my friends and family, so I set up a bucket wish list just for fun to do different things with friends,” she continued.
“One of my wishes is to have a Harley Davidson pillion ride experience.”
The idea came about after she and her friends found a pillion ride offered by Virgin Experiences.
Yet due to the company being unable to accommodate her and her 15 friends, she turned to social media to ask if anyone knew of any bikers who would be willing to fulfil her dream.
Vicki said: “I put it out on Facebook to all my friends to ask who would be interested.
“This Facebook post went viral to most of the Harley groups in Essex, Herts and London and even further afield.”
Following a comment made on the post, the experience has been organised my Mike Grove from Harlow and Paul Middle of Bishop’s Stortford – despite not knowing Vicki.
Paul, who got his first Harley Davidson tattoo when he was just 16, spoke of the brotherhood between the bikers who meet at The Sun Inn in Nazeing as often as they can.
Paul, 39, said: “I am a member of a few groups on Facebook and have been for the last few years.
“We can’t always meet in the winter but when we do and see each other it’s like it was yesterday.”
The pair have organised a similar event before which saw the bikers come together for a friend battling cancer.
They have since set up a Facebook page for Vicki’s ride which has received interest from almost 200 people and will see a fun day put on once they arrive at Lakeside.
Vicki’s Bucket List Ride Out
A message on the Facebook page set up by Mike and Paul reads:
“This ride is for Vicki Stevens’ bucket list due to the dreaded cancer.
“She and ten of her friends would like to go pillion on Harleys.
“I have offered her mine so I need ten volunteers who can take a passenger and anybody else who would like to come along and create a presence.
“We will be riding from Waltham Abbey to Lakeside Harley Davidson via a scenic route.
“We are currently speaking to Lakeside Harley about putting on some sort of event for when we arrive.
“For those taking pillions we will be come back to Waltham Abbey via motorway.
“Once at Lakeside Harley you will be welcome to stay for as long as you like.
“Those that wish to go straight home from Lakeside can do. Those that are taking pillions will obviously have to stay and come back with us.
“This is somebody’s life ambition and her time is running out.
“Please share with any local Harley page and let’s get some confirmed riders on this.
“Paul Middleton and I did one a couple of years ago and it was a complete success.
“Please let’s not let Vicki down.”
Vicki added: “These kind hearted bikes have set up the most amazing experience.
“Over 100 complete strangers, all bikers with Harley Davidsons, are taking me and my 15 girlfriends out on a pillion ride.
“Harley Davidson in Lakeside are putting on an event for me with music, food and a charity head shave.
“I’m just so overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity.”
Speaking ahead of the ride, which will take place in around two months’ time, Vicki said she “cannot wait.”
“It’s going to be madness. I am so excited about this,” she added.
“It’s going to be so brilliant and so much fun and that’s what I want.”
The ride will take place on Sunday, May 13, starting in Winters Way, Waltham Abbey.
Anyone wishing to participate or join the ride is asked to express their interest and make contact via the Facebook page here.