I am proud to say that I am a small town girl! Growing up in the country is something that I appreciate every day of my life. It is where I gained my love for the outdoors. I spent most of my childhood making mud pies, playing on hay bales, and fishing with my grandpa. I have a pretty small family, but they are my rock and my life would not be the same without them. My sister is my best friend in the world and is often the only one who understands my jokes. I like to think that I am funny and outgoing. You can usually find me analyzing some piece of architecture or singing along with my ipod, as I walk across campus. I am the happiest when I am sitting on the top of mountain while strapped into my snowboard, perched on some boulder with a good book, or attempting a new recipe. Since moving to Austin, to study urban planning, I have absolutely fallen in love with the city. It offers so many events to interact with throughout the community, which gives it more of a small town feel while still being a major city. I love being able to spend my free time laying at Barton Springs, hiking The Greenbelt, or seeing live shows, basically “keeping Austin weird”. I cannot imagine myself attending college anywhere else. So far in life I have been extremely blessed and am happy with where I have ended up. Texas 4000 would be a chance to pay forward all the support I have received.
Today when you ask someone if they have been affected by cancer, the answer comes back the same. If they themselves have not been diagnosed, someone in their life has. There is always a story to be told. It is inescapable. At some moments it is hard not to feel hopeless and defeated, but it is at those times of weakness that we must fight even harder, to have hope, to stand up and show the world someone cares. We must let everyone know that the battle can be and one day will be won. We must show that faith in a cure exists. To me, The Texas 4000 is the embodiment of such dreams. It makes me proud just knowing that I attend a university where people are willing to make the sacrifice, as well as those willing to push their minds, bodies, and spirits to the limit in order to spread hope. The idea that I have the chance to be a part of this organization and part of the fight against cancer brings a sense of purpose. If my participation in the Texas 4000 affects only a single person by giving them hope, my goal will be accomplished, making all of the hard work worthwhile.