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Bikers take icy plunge to help woman battling cancer

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BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

A group of bikers took an icy dip in Lake Jacomo Saturday, all for a special young woman.

Blue Springs Harley Davidson was busy Saturday. Some people were there for the motorcycles and accessories and others were there for 22-year-old Dana Adkins.

Adkins has been battling breast cancer over the past few years and, unfortunately, it's since spread throughout her body. All she wants to do with her remaining time is marry the love of her life, Tyler Lemen, later this month and honeymoon near the ocean.

That's where John Strutton came into the picture.

"I was talking to my wife and I came up with the idea to ride. That was all, as far as I went with it, and she came up with this bright idea that maybe we can take a ride to the lake and jump in real quick," Strutton said.

People donated money, bikers paid $20 for a chance to plunge in Lake Jacomo for Adkins.

Carol Martin is Adkins' aunt, She knows her fun-loving gentle niece would approve.

"She would just do anything for anyone and people that don't even know her, love her and then some people just met her and see that she's got such a beautiful soul," Martin said. "Last night we were told by a young man, 'I met your niece once and, as soon as she walked away I told my wife, 'I've never seen a soul so beautiful.'"

Shortly after noon it was time to go on a short drive to the lake and there was no backing out. All the people involved, including Adkins' father-in-law to-be, took the plunge.

"These guys are nuts. I don't know why they drug me into it, but I guess we're going to do it," Rodney Lemen said.

But they will all tell you they did it for Adkins.

"She's getting better. We're going to get her through this," Lemen said. "I love each and every one of these guys here, they're good people."

They spent a few seconds in the freezing water to help out the young woman, loving mother and soon-to-be blushing bride.

If you would like to help, a fund has been set up in Adkins' name.

You can send donations to:

Red Bridge Bank
c/o Dana Adkins
11201 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO

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