When athletes from the Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas saw that the less fortunate women in their community were not getting access to life-saving diagnostic tests that can help detect the first signs and symptoms of breast cancer, they decided to help out by selling breast cancer awareness shirts. They raised $4000 for the Christus Santa Rosa Foundation Mobile Mammography Unit. The MMU reaches out to underprivileged women in the community gives them access to affordable breast cancer screening tests.
The school’s Athletic Director April Fricke was so moved by what her students did that she decided to match their earnings by embarking on a 250 mile journey from Freeport to San Antonio on her bike. She journeyed for 3 days under the sweltering heat and harsh winds. It wasn’t easy, even for an athletic gal like Coach Fricke but she says that the journey is worth it if she can convince women to get the help that the need. The funds raised by the athletes and Fricke will be used to provide free mammograms to women who can’t afford it.
We often think that we need to do something big to be able to make a difference, but Coach Fricke and her students proved that even the simplest gestures like selling t-shirts and riding a bike can help women in your community get better access to mammograms.
If you also want to do a bike challenge in honor of breast cancer awareness month, we suggest selling or giving away these cute pink sleeves to protect arms from sun and wind:
Or these customizable T-shirts: