I first met Angela Capullo and Patricia Verdicchio, the founders of Breast Cancer Killers (BCK) at a biker event, at which they introduced their organization to the motorcycle community. Breast Cancer Killers vend at many biker events, keeping awareness of this disease at the forefront of our minds and raising funds to contribute to the battle. We are very fortunate to have these beautiful, dedicated women involved with the biker community of Albany and Upstate New York. Below, in her own words, is Angela’s story of her and Patricia’s dream of making it their business to help fight breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Killers is the manifestation of a vision of two best friends who both have sisters who have survived breast cancer. This cause is a personal one and our goal is to be a beacon of hope in the fight for a cure.
First and foremost, Breast Cancer Killers is a business, not a charity/non-profit organization. As two single mothers striving to make the best possible life for our children, we wanted to take our futures into our own hands. We actually could have started any type of business that we wished, as our various backgrounds afforded us several options. But we wanted to do something different and in a way that we could “pay it forward.” We truly believe in the concept of “putting good out there.” We wanted whatever we chose to do to have meaning and to make a positive difference in the world. A portion of ALL sales go to breast cancer awareness and research efforts, as well as victims in need. This past year, we have partnered with Schenectady Cancer Services Program. They are grant-funded, but not all services are covered by these grants and only a certain amount of money is allotted to them. Our donations go into their discretionary fund for services not covered.
The concept of Breast Cancer Killers and its logo came from our background of two women who love to ride. We are and have been part of the biker community for years. What we have found is that the biker community is one of the most involved, generous, and charitable groups of people. Those who have no familiarity with the biker community do not realize the significant impact made by those of us who are. The vast number of benefits and rides held to support causes and individuals cannot be counted. I have yet to find a demographic group of individuals more generous and compassionate to causes and fellow human beings than the biker community. We travel all over, setting up at various events up and down the east coast. You can find us at your local bike night or at Daytona Beach Bike Week, tattoo expos and non-biker events as well. We want to be a presence in the fight-against-breast-cancer community, and not just in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). We want to be “in your face” 365 days a year, reminding you that the fight doesn’t start and end in October.
While our logos are more “edgy” and targeted toward bikers, we’ve added several softer designs to appeal to everyone, including kids and teens! The women’s logo is a female skull with eyelashes, a pink bow and our own breast cancer ribbon design (young girls love this, too!). While some think the skull logo is more depictive of death, we felt that there is nothing pretty or passive about breast cancer, and we wanted to create something that portrayed the reality that the fight against it should be an aggressive one; after all, cancer is an aggressive disease that does not discriminate. For those who do not like skulls, we have something for them, too!
The original men’s logo is an iron cross with a skull, with a caption that states, “’Cause Bikers Love Breasts”. Come on, we had to make it a little fun; after all, those who are bikers know the fascination with the ta-tas! We just added another logo to our men’s line which is an iron cross with "Breast Cancer Killers" written on the inside.
Our goal is to be a presence, a light, and an inspiration of hope. We have met a lot of people over the course of the two years we’ve been in business, many of whom are survivors and loved ones of survivors, as well as loved ones of those who lost the battle. The stories we’ve heard and continue to hear inspire us more and more to do what we do. We are more than a business. We are a business with a cause.