While witnessing a loved one's battle against cancer, have you ever felt powerless and wished that there were more you could do? There's an inspiring alternative to sitting idly by: Put that anxious energy to good use and get physical in the name of obliterating breast cancer with the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride this fall.
In its fourth year, the Mamma Jamma Ride has established itself as the most successful breast cancer ride in the country, as well as an inclusive event for all levels of riders.
In fact, there are five different routes from which to choose, ranging from an easy 13 mile jaunt that the whole family can partake in (kids 8+ are welcome) to a challenging 100-miler for seasoned athletes.
Not exactly an avid cyclist but still want to show your support in the fight against breast cancer? Mamma Jamma's got you covered.
“There are plenty of opportunities for both riders and non-riders to get involved,” TexasMamma Jamma Ride Executive Director Hope Geer tells CultureMap.
“We always need volunteers to help with our weekly training rides, on the production committee to help plan the Ride, at one of our upcoming volunteer days, as well as many volunteer opportunities the day of the ride.”
Immediate opportunities include a material distribution day targeting local businesses on July 31; as well as an evening spent distributing materials to the Blues on the Green crowd on August 8.
The end goal of the bike ride is to donate substantial funds to 10 local nonprofit agencies that provide services to those Central Texans affected by breast cancer.
This year the bar is set high with a $500,000 goal, and the beneficiaries include the Breast Cancer Resource Center, Seton Family of Hospitals, Komen for the Cure (Austin Affiliate), Wonders and Worries, The Care Communities, Cancer Connection, Wings, Capitol of Texas Team Survivor, Community Action and Sustainable Food Center.
“The number of those diagnosed with breast cancer each year is staggering," says Greer, "and it is clearer than ever that with early detection and preventative care, we can make a difference."
You can register for volunteer opportunities or for the October 27 ride here.