Robert E. Lee graduate to fundraise in Tyler on Sunday for charity bike ride to fight cancer

Catherine Butschi, a 2012 Robert E. Lee High School graduate, will be fundraising on Sunday in Tyler for the Texas 4000, a cross-country bicycle ride that raises money for cancer research and support services.

Ms. Butschi, 22, will be collecting donations and selling Texas 4000 lip balm from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wal-Mart on South Broadway Avenue. Her goal is to raise $10,000 before the race.

As the longest student-led charity bike ride in the world, the Texas 4000 spans 70 days and takes participants from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, via one of three routes.
Along the way, riders provide educational presentations in towns to share about cancer prevention and early detection, according to the organization.
Ms. Butschi was one of 84 students selected from The University of Texas at Austin to participate in the 2017 ride. There were almost 300 applicants.

During the 18-month program, she is expected to raise $4,500, ride 2,000 training miles with her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community and take an active role in planning all aspects of the cross-country ride.
Ms. Butschi will begin training this fall in Austin. In May, she graduated from UT with a BBA in accounting and is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in professional accounting next year.

After that, she will move to New York City where she has accepted a position with Ernst & Young.

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