Our Passion For Curing Breast Cancer
Peg Carey, the mother of our founder-- Jennifer Carey, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After several lumpectomies and a mastectomy, she is now cancer free! Jennifer attributes her mom beating cancer to her ability to fight and to the doctors who were able to diagnose her condition early and treat it effectively.
While helping her mom recover, Jennifer wanted to give back to organizations that were instrumental in the research for developing breast cancer treatments, so she decided to do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in 2009. This was the first of many 3-Day walks for Jennifer and the beginning of her breast cancer fundraising efforts. Jennifer is on the left in this picture.
Fundraising as an individual is very challenging, Jennifer asked a friend, Paul Self who is an avid cyclist, if he would help create a fundraising bike ride. Paul is a bit irreverent, but he understood that people like to contribute while having fun. The Boob Ride was born as a grassroots effort in 2010 as “Biking4Boobs” with just 35 riders, and it has nearly doubled in size every year since then. In 2015, we added two other rides, including one in San Diego and one in Pennsylvania.
Paul has no connections to cancer issues, he said he just likes to throw a fun party. We find that he is constantly pushing us to do bigger and better events that culminate in a fun party. He also gets credit for dreaming up our awards. He is the one on the far right in this picture with "The Mellon Men" winning The Most Inspirational Bra in 2017.
Our Team's Passion For Curing Breast Cancer
Anna Chimowicz is Jennifer's best friend from college, college roommate, sorority sister, and they even worked their college jobs together at the Seaport Village windchime shop in downtown San Diego, and years later, at their adult jobs at Toshiba. They are lifelong best friends. So when Jen's mom was diagnosed and The Boob Ride started, Anna naturally volunteered and helped out each year. Anna's maternal grandmother had passed away from breast cancer, so she felt an additional connection to the cause.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk had Marianne Masterson at ‘Kindness Rocks’ and she has been an avid walker, team captain and supporter since 2010. Like so many walkers, breast cancer has had an impact on her family. All six of her sisters and one sister-in-law have had breast cancer. Marianne lost her sister Sheila to this disease, two of her sisters have had multiple diagnosis, and all of them continue to live with the fear of reoccurrence. The 3-Day became a way for Marianne to become present in the fight against breast cancer, to support those she loves, to honor those she has lost and to celebrate life, and have a blast doing it.
Marianne and Jennifer Carey met while walking the 2015 San Diego 3-Day, and they spent a few miles talking about her newly formed non-profit, Fun 4 Good. Soon after, Marianne's 3-Day team (Team STRIDE) participated in The Boob Ride and she joined the Fun 4 Good board. The Boob Ride is a compliment to everything Marianne loves about the 3-Day-- challenging work for a great cause all while having fun with amazing people.
Marianne recently became a staff member with Event 360, the company that produces the Susan G. Komen 3-Day series nationwide. She feels incredibly fortunate to work and volunteer for a cause she is passionate about and support a community she feels so connected to. Marianne is on the right in this picture
The Boob Ride
We began this little grass roots effort in 2010 to support Jennifer’s Susan G. Komen 3Day walk fundraising efforts. Paul Self, a co-worker at the time, tapped into the cycling community to create a fun ride from Irvine to Solana Beach, California. We informally called the event Biking4Boobs. This is a great route along the coast followed by a party at the Pizza Port, some funny awards, and then catch the train home. We transported the bikes back while the riders napped on the train.
In late 2015 we created the FUN 4 GOOD corporate umbrella, rebranded as The Boob Ride®, obtained the trademark, and shifted into a higher gear.
2016 added Marianne Masterson’s Team STRIDE to our San Diego team. Their efforts in San Diego are quickly being realized and we have great expectations for this event.
FUN 4 GOOD
In 2015 we created FUN 4 GOOD, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit as an umbrella organization to produce fun events for good causes. Our events and operational needs grew to the point that we needed an umbrella company. We are an all volunteer organization, which means no one is on payroll.
100% of the riders' registration fees go to the cause. Sponsorship and other revenue sources are used for operations and marketing, with the bulk of these funds going to the cause as well.
In our early years, we were primarily supporting our founder’s walking team on the Susan G. Komen 3Day San Diego Walk. While we continue to support this great organization, FUN 4 GOOD is in the planning stages of a foundation that can direct funds to low income people for breast cancer screening, treatments, and transportation to medical treatment. Our vision is to leverage the Susan G. Komen organization, while directly impacting the local need for breast cancer treatment and research.
Our next significant cause is colon cancer. Dayna Hinsley is a co-founder of FUN 4 GOOD and has been battling colon cancer for several years. There are many fun ideas being floated for events to battle this horrible but preventable cancer. Stay tuned for opportunities to become involved.
In Honor, in Support, and in Memory of
In honor of my mom's triumph over breast cancer.
In support of Diane Anderson, Briana Baldwin, Sheila Carey, Maria Chimowicz, Jennifer Dempsey, Anne Ducan, Elaine Ehlert, Christine Finnegan Appleton, Cinda Flynn, Pam Hernandez, Maria Jaramillo, Suzanne Jackson, Jaime Jenkins, Rachel Kelley, Feili Lee, Linda McCarthy, Bernadette Peterson, Linda Pisano, Anita Richards Savitz, Mary Lou Sullivan, Adriane Wallace, Blanche Wilson, Carole Wilson, Jaime Wilson, Patty Witt, and Dacy Yee.
In memory of Lucy Bogarin, Edna Carey, Cathy Cohen, Patricia Ann Ford, Elaine Patterson, Tommie Patterson, Waleska "Wally" Rolins, Heather Sainsbury, Maryanne Sosnowski, Donna Strauhal, Janine Walker, and Max Kaldenberg.
Please tell us who drives you to support this great cause.
Because everyone deserves a lifetime.