Donna Wiegle got on her Harley Davidson six weeks ago and has been riding it anywhere she likes.
So far in her 6,000-mile journey the Swan’s Island resident has seen the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. She’s been to Graceland, Gettysburg and Dodge City, and the brick house where she grew up in her tiny hometown of Skippack, Pennsylvania. She’s battled hard winds in Kansas, hail in Oregon and one case of dehydration brought on by 21 days of 90-degree weather that turned the 59-year-old’s pale visage into something more ruddy and weathered.
Wiegle has Stage IV ovarian cancer and has been told that she has about two years to live. By touring 19 states on what she’s calling her Teal on Wheels Ovarian Cancer Awareness Tour, she’s knocking a giant item off her bucket list.
She began her cross-country odyssey from Coos Bay, Oregon, on her teal-and-white-colored Harley on Aug. 28 because September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and she wants to let people know about the often fatal form of cancer. (Teal is the “official color” for ovarian cancer.)