How many of you have an extra $20,000 lying around? I’d bet not many… If you do it’s probably something you’ve been saving up for… like a house, or retirement, or your children’s college fund. There probably aren’t too many people setting aside that kind of money just in case they get breast cancer. $20,000 is the starting cost of breast cancer treatment for one year according to the National Institutes of Health. Even if you have insurance, there’s no guarantee that you won’t still have significant out of pocket costs if you get sick.
Now imagine what would happen if you became unable to work because of your illness, and lost the insurance you do have. How would you pay for basic living expenses let alone treatment? Sadly that’s exactly what happens to many who get the disease. Thankfully there are a number of organizations that help people make it through and the Mamma Jamma Ride is proud to support them. The funds we raise will help cover:
- $35 covers a prosthesis bra after mastectomy
- $50 provides a post-operative camisole, wig or prosthesis
- $80 pays for a compression arm sleeve for lymph-edema
- $165 pays for a diagnostic mammogram
- $400 assistance with paying for utilities
- $700 helps with rent & other basic needs
- $1,000 covers 3 courses of chemotherapy
- $5000 pays for a PET scan
- $15,000 mastectomy surgery
In the last 5 years, Mamma Jamma cyclists have raised over 2 Million Dollars to help make sure no one has to bear this financial burden alone. Join us today and ride your bike to make a difference!