I got involved with the Mamma Jamma Ride last year after my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (3/17/14). I liked that I could do something to support and honor her while supporting and honoring those in my community dealing with breast cancer. Thanks to your generosity, I raised over $2500 that went directly to central Texans with breast cancer and their families.
This year, I’m even more motivated to ride and raise even more money. Since last year’s Mamma Jamma Ride, my mom has had a very difficult course. As she was finishing her course of radiation last November in New Orleans, she woke up with nausea, vomiting, and a bad headache. She called her doctor, got a brain scan, and we were told that she had a substantial amount of brain metasteses that would require
surgery. She had surgery to remove two large tumors on her cerebellum, and her recovery was lengthy and difficult. Her surgery happened only a few days before my wedding, and while I was able to be in New Orleans for her surgery, she was unable to attend my wedding in Austin. I never imagined that my mom wouldn’t be able to be at my wedding or to walk me down the aisle as we had planned! My husband and I were fortunate enough that we were able to go to New Orleans right after the wedding to spend time with her.
After Mom recovered from brain surgery, she then finished her last few original radiation treatments and had six weeks of whole brain radiation therapy. She had a scan after this therapy was completed, and it was discovered that her breast cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Her doctor recommended a new course of two chemotherapy drugs, and the hope is that it will halt the progression of her breast cancer for awhile. This chemo combination has been very hard on my mom, but she’s feeling very hopeful.
While my mom has had a very difficult year, she remains in good spirits and has a very positive attitude. We are focusing on enjoying our time together, as none of us knows what will come our way next. My mother’s strength and courage are why I’m doing the Mamma Jamma Ride again this year.
-Maureen Hicks Damm
Maureen is one of the top 10 fundraisers and is over half-way to her fundraising goal this year! The funds raised help families in our local community facing breast cancer. Our amazing community of cyclists, volunteers, sponsors, and beneficiary organizations come together each year to participate in one of the best supported and most fun bike rides in Texas. Together, we have raised more than 2.3 million dollars to help save and improve the lives of those facing breast cancer. Join Maureen and hundreds of other riders on September 26, 2015 and make a difference for those facing breast cancer.