- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2017
- Hometown: Bowie, Texas
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Geography
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a senior Geography student graduating in December 2016. The youngest of four, I grew up just outside of the small town of Bowie, Texas (which you've probably never heard of), and I have thee most amazing family that I could ever hope for. One of my most defining character traits is my ability to become extremely and persistently passionate about seemingly random things ranging from language acquisition, to food security, to coprophilous (aka dung) fungal spores. I spent my senior year of high school as a Rotary Exchange student in Argentina and have since studied abroad in Canada and Panama, encountering a broad array of cultures and beliefs.
Through my experiences at home and abroad I have met many incredible people whose love and passion have inspired me. I want to spend my life working towards creating a more sustainable and healthy future for Texas and beyond, particularly regarding water resources and food production.
Why I Ride
When I found out about Texas 4000, I was immediately inspired by the determination of the riders and the mission, particularly relating to community education. Cancer disproportionately affects people living in poor areas, because of degraded environmental conditions, less access to sufficient treatment and diagnosis, and a general lack of knowledge. I ride because I see the potentially to directly improve people's lives by spreading preventative knowledge and hope.
I also ride for specific people in my life, particularly my paternal grandparents who both suffered from cancer and my dad who lost his father to bladder cancer just last year. I ride for my dear friend Ilsa, who lost her mother to cancer recently and for Alice, and other children like her, who are too young to have to face this kind of suffering.
Above all, I believe that life is for the living and I ride to love and honor those who continue their fights with cancer, those who have already won them, and those who have survived loved ones who did not. I ride to prove to myself that I can, and to be an example to others who may need a nudge.