Missouri City native will ride bike to Alaska in hopes of curing cancer

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There are many ways to spread awareness about cancer, but one Missouri City resident is looking to do that through the Texas 4000 next year.

Sarah Qureshy, a University of Texas senior biochemistry major and Lamar Consolidated High graduate, chose  the Texas 4000 because it offers a unique opportunity for UT students to spread hope, knowledge and charity around the nation.

Qureshy’s father, who is currently in remission, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1994. She went on to say that he is one of the reasons that she will be riding.

“I ride for all who have had to battle cancer, like my father…” Qureshy said.

Qureshy also said that she will be riding for development of treatments for these diseases as well as spread the word about knowledge.

Texas 4000 is a non-profit organization that gives students the chance spread cancer awareness through a bike ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska. Riders are split into three teams and take one of three routes, Sierra, Rockies, or Ozarks. The ride takes 70 days. This journey takes place every summer, but participants are selected a year and a half before they ride.

During that year and a half, the participants go out into the community to raise money for their cause. That money is then distributed among different cancer research and awareness groups around the nation. Some these groups include M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Live Strong Foundation, and Brent’s Place.

To become a part of this adventure, students must show their passion to fight cancer, leadership abilities, and the ability to work well with a team. After being selected, students go through a year and half training program in order to prepare for the trip.

Over the course of the 70 days, riders share personal stories and ways to detect and prevent cancer.  The riders not only use their own stories, but also stories from local people from the cities visited and those from their hometown.

“I ride for all of the work being done to develop treatments for various cancers and other conditions around the world…the power of society working together to keep more people cancer-free,” Qureshy said.

Qureshy said the riders will not only be speaking about the prevention, but they will also be showing how to prevent skin cancer through wearing sunscreen.

Written by Keon Broadnax

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