- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2017
- Hometown: Trophy Club, TX
- School Year: Graduate
- Major: Accounting
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey y'all! My name is Jacqui, sometimes Jayquellin, Jacwee, or really anything you can come up with. I am an Accounting graduate student and next year I will be moving to Connecticut to work for the GASB! I am an accounting nerd and actually really love it - which is crazy, I know.
I was born and raised right here in Texas, in a tiny town called Trophy Club, surrounded by better known suburbs like Southlake and Grapevine in DFW. I also lived in London for a little while during middle school and high school. Unfortunately I didn't pick up any of the accent..
My hobbies include exploring Austin's restaurants, food trucks, and pizza places. I am a pizza fanatic. I can't go more than a few days without a pizza, and even then I'd rather just have it every day.
Living in another country and having a mother that dragged me along with her everywhere when I was a kid, gave me a passion for traveling. I've yet to see every continent, but I'm getting close! I studied abroad in Argentina, lived in Europe, and have visited Africa and the Middle East. I love finding new adventures and collecting stories everywhere I go, and I can't wait to see what adventures Texas 4000 brings me!
Why I Ride
I ride for two women - the two strongest women I have ever met. Laura Norman Tyson and Linda Murff. Both of these women are like mothers to me, and have been there for me for my whole life. And now its my turn to do something for them - and show the world that we are not scared of cancer.
Linda is a breast cancer survivor. But more importantly, she is an incredible woman with a beautiful heart and has welcomed me into her family. She is my best friend’s mom, was my sixth grade science teacher, and is like a mother to me here in Austin.
Four years ago, a fluke accident led to her breast cancer diagnosis. Within a year, and a mastectomy later, she had fought and defeated it.
Laura is my mother's best friend, and has known me since the day I was born. We aren't blood related, but she is just as much an aunt to me as any of my mom's sisters. This woman is extraordinary. From owning her own business, to raising three beautiful daughters, to managing her youngest daughter's illness, everything she has ever done is beyond belief.
About two months ago Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has already undergone a single mastectomy, and is waiting on results to tell if she needs another surgery. Already I can tell she is battling this head on, with all the strength that I know her to have. But this will be a long fight - a fight that can't be done without support.
I am riding for these incredible women, and for everyone else that has ever been affected by cancer. I ride to show the world that we aren't scared of cancer. I ride to win.