Chances are, you know someone with breast cancer.Â I know of 3 women off the top of my head.Â One of them, my beloved aunt, lost her battle with breast cancer and we still miss her to this day.Â It’s a disease that affects us and those we love.Â The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride gives us the opportunity to get on our bikes, enjoy some fresh air and do something about it!
The ride, scheduled for September 25th, 2010, gives participants the choice of various routes to accommodate all levels of rider.Â You can choose from 13, 27, 46, 70, and 100 mile routes beginning and ending at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. For the more ambitious rider, training rides are offered.
It’s a family-friendly affair with kids over 8 being allowed to ride when accompanied by a registered participant. Participants and their family are encouraged to take advantage of fun activities offered throughout the day at Reunion Ranch such as basketball, volleyball, playscape, miniature golf, obstacle course, swings, musical maze, pedal boats, trolley rides, and climbing tower.
The ride benefits 10 local agencies which provide vital care and services to thousands of people withÂ breast cancerÂ 365 days a year.Â These include:
- Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the CureÂ® , which invests in community cancer programs in central Texas;
- Breast Cancer Resource Center which offers a wide range of services and resources.free of charge to women battling cancer;;
- Wonders and Worries, whichÂ helps children who have a seriously ill parent gain an age appropriate understanding of the illness and develop coping and communication strategies to cope with the changes in family;
- Seton Cancer Screening Team and Seton Cancer Care Team, who provideÂ breast health education and assessment, mammography and clinical breast exams, assistance and navigation in receiving diagnostic testing, as well as emergency assistance for women once they are diagnosed with breast cancer to low income uninsured or underinsured women;
- The Care Communities, which provides supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer;
- Capital of Texas Team Survivor, which provides emotional support and fitness opportunities for all women affected by cancer;
- Cancer Connection, which provides support, encouragement, resource referrals, and companionship to those whose lives are currently impacted by breast cancer;
- Wings, a San Antonio-based charity which bridges the gap between diagnosis and survival by offering no-cost, comprehensive treatment and follow-up care to uninsured patients in Central and South Texas;
- Community Action, Inc., an agency that provides comprehensive education, screening, diagnosis and patient navigation in the four county rural capital area of Hays, Caldwell, Williamson and Bastrop counties;
- Sustainable Food Center, which offers the only cooking and nutrition class series for breast cancer survivors in Central Texas; and
- The Entrepreneur’s Foundation, which holds a percentage of the proceeds that it will generously offer to fund emerging needs as decided by the other ten beneficiary organizations.