Individuals who have or have had breast cancer rely on support from family, friends, and the community to keep pushing forward towards recovery. Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is proud to have individuals who dedicate not only their time, but their entire line of work towards helping those affected by this disease. Hilda Eisele, rider and captain of Team Titti Babies, supplies our community with medical equipment and shared her reason for riding with Mamma Jamma.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Hilda Gracie Eisele. I work for P&H Services, which is a medical equipment supplier in the Greater Austin Area. I have 3 grown children, Missy, Abe and Andrew. I started this business in 1994 as a medical billing service and in 2003, it became a medical equipment supplier servicing the breast cancer community. My passion is cycling. In my free time, I love to work out by cycling both indoors and outside.
Why do you ride?
I ride in Mamma Jamma every year because I enjoy the energy of cycling and I like to channel that energy to celebrate all the successes of the breast cancer survivors in Central Texas. My personal connection to the community is all the beautiful and heroic customers who come to our business to get Products to Heal and People to Help, hence the name of my business, P&H Services.
How do you prepare for the ride?
For the ride training, most of my riding is done indoors in cycling classes or at home in my studio. I have my own personal goals of 3 rides per week and always try to use my goals as a minimum. I also participate in the training rides held by Mamma Jamma volunteers when I am in town. Getting enough rest and fluids 2 days before the ride is important. Other preparations for the ride include recruiting new team members and growing the team, Titti Babies. Last year we fielded 9 riders, and this year we are looking to increase to 12. Each team member is expected to do fundraising as part of their participation on the team.
What stands out to you personally about Texas Mamma Jamma Ride?
All the riders and volunteers come together to raise funds for a great common cause. Also, rain or shine, the teams bring their best to the event which is held in the Fall in Martindale. Last year, we traversed a few flooded roads due to the heavy rains the night before the ride.
What is one thing you'd say to convince a friend or family member to join you in the ride?
Why not help? Life's greatest rewards come from giving your time and energy. Mamma Jamma is a great organization where you can make a difference for all those affected by breast cancer. It is not a race, but a ride that does not require you to ride any more than your body can do. Plus, you can join my team, Titti Babies! You get a free cool jersey if you join my team!
by Christian Mariano, Communications Intern