With the global pandemic of the coronavirus showing no signs of ending anytime soon, those with other illnesses like HIV/AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis still need support perhaps more than ever. One way this is achieved is through fundraising bike rides. A Dude was privileged to ride in half a dozen charity rides, raising $12,000 total over the six events. But nowadays getting people together to breathe hard, even outside, is problematic — especially for the immuno-compromised. Most charity rides have had to go virtual. This week, September 12-19, the good folks at the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride are having people ride bikes and do other activities and record them on Strava, the fitness app, while still raising funds for the one in eight women who get diagnosed with breast cancer.
I found out about this late and am otherwise committed, but there’s still time if you want to register (for free!). The goal is just to complete 120 minutes of activity over the week on Strava, and encouraging people to donate to you for your efforts. It’s not the 40, 57 or 65 mile bike rides that I did, but it’s something. And it’s not limited to just cycling, either. ride, run, walk, hike, paddle & more. Funds raised go to support local support programs and services for breast cancer fighters and survivors in Central Texas. Go to this link to register.
What is Raised Here, Stays Here
Funds raised by participants support eight local organizations that help Central Texans through all stages of their breast cancer journey by providing a comprehensive range of programs and services. With every dollar raised, each one of these organizations, and the people they serve, are helped. Here is a link to learn more about the beneficiaries. The list is:
Ascension Seton is a Catholic hospital that has state-of-the-art imaging technology and provides care for those diagnosed.
Wonders & Worries provides free, professional support for children and teenagers through a parent’s serious illness.
Capital of Texas Team Survivor provides free health education, fitness and support to women with cancer and survivors Austin, Texas area.
Sustainable Food Center provides classes to breast cancer survivors where they learn to prepare healthy food.
Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas provides resources and services to empower Central Texans of all ages to become self-sufficient.
Susan G. Komen Foundation saves lives by investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Resource Center has been dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of those touched by breast cancer.
Lone Star Circle of Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves the primary health care needs of all individuals – regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. It is working to add new ways of providing affordable mammograms among high-risk, low-income women.
Look at the cool stuff you get if you raise enough money!
Raise $35 – Mamma Jamma Challenge Kit
Raise $100 – Challenge Medal (plus all the above)
Raise $300 – T-Shirt (plus all the above)
Raise $1000 – Big Wig Jersey (plus all the above)
So, what are you waiting for? If you have the time and energy — especially if you’re already working out most days — why not, hop on over to the Mamma Jamma Ride website to register and then get moving and ask your friends to pitch in! Or, you can simply donate. If you do, thanks for supporting the girls, saving second base, or as my team name was called, time in the saddle.
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2 thoughts on “Charity Cycling and Coronavirus: The Mamma Jamma Challenge 9/12-9/19/20”
Done it. Wife and I have ridden for dozens of charities as well over the years. After she passed, in lieu of flowers, my children and I decided to take donations instead and continue her legacy by maybe being able to send one at risk student to summer music camp tuition free (we were both inner city public music teachers for our entire careers) The response was so overwhelming that we formed a 501-c3 and in three years have awarded numerous such scholarships, changing the lives of some of these kids. We have always had a virtual and live event – ride, walk, or run – as one of our fundraisers. This year the window is Sept 19 thru October 3rd. Every dime of fees and fundraised cash goes directly to scholarships. Our sponsors cover the cost of swag, etc. Nobody on the board draws a dime in salary. This year’s swag includes a T-shirt, face mask, water bottle, deck of playing cards, pencil, gourmet jelly beans, chapstick, hand sanitizer, reuseable swag bag… http://www.adbscholarship.org/events We will ship bags anywhere at no cost to participants.
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That’s a good way to transform your grief as a widower into something positive and I remember it’s of your wife, Richard. I’m glad you appreciated my post, I think.