I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but spent the vast majority of my childhood and young adult life in Fort Worth, Texas. My parents are both amazing; my father a previous world record holding swimmer who now has his own accounting firm and my mom is Manager of Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Their amazing accomplishments, as well as growing up with a sister, just two years my elder, has helped hone my competitive spirit.
In high school, at Fort Worth Country Day School, I was most passionate about my involvement in athletics. I ran cross-country, was the school mascot, and absolutely cherished my time playing basketball. My dedication to the sport gave me the opportunity to go out to California to play basketball for Whittier College. Now, as a transfer to the University of Texas, I love and appreciate this school more than I thought I was able. The opportunities at the University of Texas are practically endless and have allowed me to explore and grow into finding, on my own, those things that are really significant in my life.
I absolutely love Anthropology and English, both of which I am studying, but I am not sure yet of what my future holds as far as a career goes. My personality type is a kind which loves to plan and know, but I am becoming more comfortable with the idea that my best opportunities will come to me as long as I continue to work as hard as I can academically, and take leaps and attempt to involve myself in activities I feel passionate about. Life is an adventure and I am happily traversing mine and know that the Texas 4000 is a phenomenal challenge and cause I am incredibly lucky to be involved in.
My life to this point has been amazing, and I am so thankful for the number of opportunities I have been given. I think graciousness should be practiced as often as possible because it is so easy to take for granted that our time here is not very long. Being involved in the Texas 4000 is giving me the opportunity not only to push myself athletically but to enrich the lives of others in the pursuit of a common goal that has effected so many of our lives and the lives of those we love.
I think of the word ”˜cancer’ is comparable to an iceberg. Though daunting on top of the surface of the water through preliminary knowledge of the devastation caused by the disease, the portion we don’t immediately imagine, underneath, is massive. For cancer not only affects the person diagnosed but also far reaching to those who surround and love that person. I ride as much for my dad who is struggling with the helplessness of watching his wife’s illness as my mom who is fighting. Alone, cancer is insurmountable illness, but together, with a common cause and enduring determination, Texas 4000 is in a position to reach out and contribute significantly to finding a cure.
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