- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2017
- Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
- School Year: Junior
- Major: Biology
- Email: email@example.com
Hi, I’m Molly! I am a second year Biology and Pre-med student here at UT Austin. I was raised in the sparkling city by the sea, Corpus Christi, TX by my wonderful parents, Wade and Marty Chapman. I have two older sisters, Kate and Grace, and a younger brother, Jake. My parents and brother currently reside in the Texas Hill country in Boerne, TX with our five dogs. My family is wild and goofy and so amazing. They’re a constant source of support and inspiration for me. Both my parents and older sisters attended Texas A&M University, so I am the bonafide rebel of the family. They were somewhat upset at first, but now they know that I really did find a university that encapsulates not only my determination, but my free spirit as well.
Like most true Austinites, I love traveling, dogs, outdoors shenanigans, and forcing my friends to go get tacos with me. My love for UT, the city of Austin, and the people I’ve met here grows every day and for that I could not be more thankful. I’m so incredibly happy that Texas 4000 is now a part of this wild experience!
Why I Ride
Although sometimes I feel cancer has not personally affected me, I know that is not the case. Who hasn’t, really, been affected by cancer? This disease affects everyone in some way, whether they realize it or not. My father’s grandmother died from breast cancer when my Pa, an only child, was just six, leaving him to grow up without a mother’s love. Therefore my father never knew his grandmother, and the trickle down effect continues. My great aunt died from brain cancer before I was born, but I’ve been told I get my quirkiness from her. My cousin’s grandfather, who wanted more than anything to be a grandpa one day, lost his battle with lung cancer. Had he lived, he would have spent his retirement surrounded by nine grandchildren. Cancer affects generations and family trees in unfathomable ways. The people you know, the family you never knew, all your friends you may have had – cancer somehow touches them all. I ride for all those generations and what could have been and what should be in the future. I ride to change that.
I also ride for my Aunt Susan.
I ride for my Grandad.
I ride for my best friend's mom.
I ride for my teammates and all their incredible stories.
I ride for everyone that has been affected by this terrible disease.