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Ebony Angels Rev Up For a Good Cause

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RALEIGH — When you think of women who ride motorcycles, do you picture tough-talking, leather-clad bikers with tattoos? A Triangle club is trying to put the brakes on this stereotype, and help others in the process.

They're fast, they're cool, and they're not who you think they are. "Most of us are either older, over 28, married and have at least two children," says Cynthia Jones.

Jones is President of the Ebony Angels, a local Christian women's motorcycle group.

For these women, riding a motorcycle is not about going to bars or meeting men, it is about having fun and giving back to the community.

"We wanted to have a group where we could have a positive image and a feminine image, but yet with a passion for motorcycles," says Jones.

They also have a passion for helping others; the group is holding a fundraising ride for Jordan Graham, a Durham boy who is being treated for a rare form of cancer.

Jordan's parents Toni and Dewitt have racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills and appreciate any help they can get.

"Just knowing it's a child 17 months old is enough to make me want to help," Jones says.

And their work is being appreciated. "They've been a great help to us already. They're a godsend," Toni Graham says.

The Ride for Baby Jordan will be held on Saturday, April 24. The ride starts at noon at the Raleigh Girls Club, located at 701 Raleigh Boulevard. The ride will end with a cookout at the Graham's home in Durham.

For a registration form, call (919) 250-0059. Bikers can also register on the day of the ride. The cost is ten dollars.

The family also has an account set up in Jordan's name at CCB bank.