Biker's Ride for Breast Cancer Awareness and The Mermaid Project
Behind every extraordinary fundraiser is an extraordinary story of dedication. For Angleton resident Christy Bull, her story began in 2012 when her doctor recommended she have a mammogram. As Christy didn’t have insurance she qualified for financial help from The Mermaid Project. The mammogram showed a lump in her breast and a lumpectomy followed. Good news, no cancer! Brazosport Health Foundation’s Mermaid Project provides financial assistance for mammograms and breast diagnostics for people who are uninsured or unable to pay.
Fast forward three years later and Christy is turning forty years old. She decided rather than have a big party, she wanted to celebrate and raise money for The Mermaid Project. With this decision she found her calling. Starting with a few friends, her team grew as more and more people were drawn to her infectious passion for raising funds to ensure money is available for mammograms for those people who do not have insurance or the ability to pay.
On October 6, 2015 The Mermaid Project Ride 2015 was held raising $16,500. No one was more surprised than Christy that her first attempt at a fund raiser was so successful. Christy says the key to raising money for good causes is passion and perseverance. “This fund raiser is not about me. It’s about giving back so others can be helped. During this time my sister-in-law, Delia Bull, died of breast cancer. Her death was preventable but she would not go to the doctor. My brother, Delia’s husband, Kenny Bull Jr. is now a single parent raising their three children.” Christy said making the public aware of the significance of cancer prevention and diagnosis is as important as raising money.
Sharing in the passion and hard work was a core group of volunteers who donated their time and other items. David Holcott, owner of Roadhouse Bar where the biker ride began; Cheryl Thompson and Russell Minter, Co-Chairs of Food; Brenda Calvert, Auction Chair; Melissa and Derrick Thompson, Rhonda Moreau, Kipp Bornemann and Linda Ortiz-Davis. The biker ride Chair, Mitsy Denton and her volunteers provided safety guards and front and back vehicles for the 60+ bikers.
The 150 mile biker ride began in Angleton at The Roadhouse Bar, on to Bub’s Sports Bar in Alvin, next to Gary’s Ice House, Rickochet Billiards in Lake Jackson, back to Angleton to Philly’s Station and returning to The Roadhouse Bar. At each stop there was a 50/50 Drawing for money and each winner generously donated the money back to the fund raiser.
While the bikers were fed fried fish and pulled pork plates, Monte Baldwin, volunteer auctioneer, whipped the crowd into bidding frenzy with auction items including a Surfside Beach house rental; five mastectomy bras donated by HELP, INC; custom furniture by Walter Hyman; diamond necklace from Kay Jewelers; and Yeti coolers from Clayton Petrosky.
When asked if Christy would do another fund raiser, she replied, “Yes! This one exceeded my expectations. I think about what the committee accomplished in two months raising $16,500! I think what could we do with more time to plan? I never imagined my 40th birthday could be so fun.” Christy wants all women to be aware of the power in preventative health care and particularly breast health care. One person truly can make a difference.