Fighting Breast Cancer
Oct 5 2009

team-tech-ridersThe following post was written by Jessica Hanover, Bioscience Director at the Austin Technology Incubator and originally posted on the ATI Blog.

When we found out that our friend and co-worker, Melissa Rabeaux, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few short months ago, we decided to do what we could to support her and other people less fortunate who are fighting breast cancer.

ATI formed a team called Tech Riders, to ride in the Texas Mamma Jamma race to raise money to help breast cancer patients.  Below is a wonderful letter written by our very own Bioscience Director, Jessica Hanover.  The team has raised over $6,000 and anything more is icing on the cake!  Please check out the letter below and donate if you are able to a very good cause.

Thank you for your support for helping us support our friend in this ATI team endeavor!

Just a few months ago, the work we do with our cancer-focused startup companies at the Austin Technology Incubator took on a whole new meaning: our ATI colleague and friend Melissa Rabeaux was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Our daily conversations, usually centered on CleanTX Forum and our upcoming Clean Energy Venture Summit, quickly turned to surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, nutrition and oncologists.  It was startling and unsettling for us, to say the very least, to watch Melissa’s daily focus change so abruptly and critically.

We rallied around Melissa immediately as best we knew how, but we wanted to find a way to do even more, for Melissa and for the significant community of breast cancer patients right here in Austin.  So, we took action, and on October 10, 2009, we will be participating as a team – Team Tech Riders – in a powerful grassroots event to help thousands of Texans diagnosed with breast cancer, and to honor Melissa as she recovers from her recent surgery and deals cancer a mighty blow.

With hundreds of people, we will bicycle up to 100 miles through beautiful Central Texas in the Inaugural Texas Mamma Jamma Ride.  We’re raising money as a team, and the funds will provide direct care services through ten local non-profit agencies to Central Texans diagnosed with breast cancer.  Simply put, your donation will save and improve the lives of thousands of Texas neighbors.

Our Team Tech Riders goal is to raise at least $5,000.  So I ask that you donate to our team and make a difference for some wonderful people who really need us.  Every dollar you can spare – whether it’s $75 or $10 or whatever you can give – will have a positive impact.

You can make a tax-deductible donation online to Team Tech Riders by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.  Or, if you prefer, you may write a check payable to “Texas Mamma Jamma Ride” and send it to us here:  Team Tech Riders – ATI, 3925 W. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78759.

Thank you in advance for your great generosity.  Breast cancer affects everyone, and this fact has really hit home for us here at ATI.  We’ve chosen to ride for all of Austin’s patients, and in honor of one very special person in particular, and we need your help.

With much appreciation,
Team Tech Riders

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