2017 Ride Day Photos and Social Media

Thank you for participating in the 2017 Texas Mamma Jamma Ride! Each rider has a unique perspective on the ride. We would love for you to share your special Ride Day experience and photos on social media, #mammajamma2017.

Share and view Ride Day photos on Google Photo Album at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/aYsBXvcgw3RbtiHz1 

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Mardi & David Clissold: Rider Profiles

Mardi and David Clissold: A return to health

Mardi and David Clissold: A return to health

After successfully completing her treatment for breast cancer in February, Mardi Clissold was seeking something new to focus on. She attended a meeting of Capital of Texas Team Survivor, one of the Ride’s beneficiary nonprofit organizations. That’s when she first heard about the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride and met the ride’s enthusiastic executive director Marion Martin, a two-time survivor herself.

“She handed me a magnet with the date 9-23-17 on it and I said, ‘Sign me up!’” recalls Mardi who works as a personal assistant and is married to David, a software engineer at IBM. Together, they enjoy their golden retriever Duncan.

Mardi and her husband David had old bikes they took out for a spin now and then, but had never ridden for distance. As first-time Mamma Jamma riders and new to cycling as a sport, the couple has found the training rides a great way to learn the sport. “The leadership and fellow riders have been supportive,” says Mardi. And they are having fun together—something that seemed impossible at times when she got her breast cancer diagnosis last year.

At first, David was supporting Mardi’s effort by training with her, then he decided to join the ride and fundraising effort too. 

“We had never fundraised before, but were blown away by the generosity of our friends and family,” says Mardi. The couple of raised almost $4,000 so far!

“The ride has become so much more to me personally,” Mardi says. “It is my tangible return to health and has been a way for us to spend time together and connect with new people.” 

Julie Bullerman: Rider Profiles

Julie Bullerman: Riding as a family for hope

Julie Bullerman: Riding as a family for hope

Julie Bullerman has been involved with the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride since the first ride in 2009. At first, it was just a fun event that just happened to raise money for a great cause. She enjoyed the summer training rides. But over the years, after hearing stories from the beneficiary nonprofits who take turns providing support on the rides, her reason for riding changed. She learned that the Ride benefits a variety of organizations that provide crucial services that you might not be aware of unless you’ve had breast cancer. And the money stays right here in Central Texas.

Then the mother of her stepchildren was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When she was diagnosed, Wonders & Worries, a ride beneficiary, was there to help the kids,” Julie recalls. Julie started bringing her step-daughter to the training rides, so she could feel like she was doing something to support her mom. She got to see other women who had beat breast cancer who were riding and doing well. “That brought her hope when she needed it,” Julie says.

So, last year Julie, her husband, and the kids rode the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride together.

Who else does Julie ride for?

“Unfortunately, it's too many women to name,” she says. “I have several close friends involved with the ride who are survivors. My grandma was diagnosed in her late 80's and was a survivor until she passed away in her early 90's.” 

The ride is about a lot more than the bike.

Julie says she’s watched women who are newly diagnosed be inspired by other riders. “Seeing other women come out the other side helps give them hope and strength,” Julie says.

“As long as the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is around, this will be a family event for us every year,” Julie says.