My name Kristin McCollam and I’m a 9-year breast cancer survivor! After 28 years in a large corporation, I was able to retire about 2 years ago. This new phase of life has as allowed my partner and I to travel extensively as well as spend more time with our families. It’s also allowed me to focus more on my health through exercise, reading, stress management and cooking.
I ride & fundraise to give back to the organizations that were crucial to my being where I am today.
The Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC) newly diagnosed and Pink Ribbon Cowgirls groups both allowed me to meet (and commiserate with) others on a similar journey. From there, I found out about the Sustainable Food Centers after cancer cooking class. The class itself was a great and surprisingly I found myself with several of the folks that were in the same BCRC class.
Backing up a bit, during one of the BCRC newly diagnosed sessions, Team Survivor (TS) presented on their program and its offerings to help survivors get active and suggested the possibility of doing a triathlon. At the time, I thought a triathlon was crazy. I didn’t do triathlons before I got sick, why would I do them now?
About 6 months after my treatment, I decided to join TS. What a great group! So very encouraging and helpful. TS taught me how to ride a bike again (it had been 25 years). They also go me in the pool to dust off my swimming skills and what do you know… I did my first triathlon!
Thanks to TS, I followed that initial triathlon with four more and am currently very active in cycling, swimming and in Camp Gladiator.
I ride to enable Mamma Jamma Ride (MJR) beneficiaries to continue to provide local services to those affected by breast cancer in Central Texas. I view the MJR as a one-stop-shop to help me give back to all three + a few more.
Learn more about Kristin's journey on the Breast Cancer Resource Center blog here.