- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Temple, Tx
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
- Email: Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, y'all! I'm Katie Lamberth and I'm a junior Human Development and Family Science major, with a pre-physical therapy track, from Temple, Tx! From my mom I get my love for the Longhorns, my sorority letters, and my attitude. From my dad I get my humor, my knowledge of (and love for) football and baseball, and my interest in dumb/funny movies. In addition to two wonderful parents, I have a younger brother who keeps me young and never fails to make me laugh by sending me memes.
On campus I am a member of the UT chapter of Delta Gamma. I also serve as the current captain of the University of Texas at Austin Love Your Melon Campus Crew.
I am a self-proclaimed Madewell addict (as well as employee), Pepsi connoisseur, lover of grilled cheeses, and Chance the Rapper fanatic. I tend to think that I'm much funnier than I actually am, which results in me making many jokes, no matter the time or place, as well as try to be as funny as Amy Schumer any chance I get.
I'm beyond elated to have the opportunity to be a part of Texas 4000 and can't wait to make a difference in anyway I can.
Why I Ride
The first big (little?) reason why I ride is for every child battling cancer. Over the past year and a half I've gotten very involved with another organization, Love Your Melon. Through LYM I get to visit with children battling cancer around the Austin area through hospital, Ronald McDonald, and private home visits. By doing hospital visits at Dell Children’s and personal home visits with children I have gotten a first-hand look at what life is like for children that have cancer. Even more than that, I have also gotten to experience how incredibly important one positive moment can be for a child undergoing cancer treatment. Through Love Your Melon we get to deliver beanies, the Love Your Melon staple product, to the kids we meet, as well as interact, talk, and when permitted, play with the kids we meet. Every time I meet a new child and see the look on their face when they realize that they get to do something outside of their boring hospital routine that day, I feel like I’m accomplishing something. The incredible kids that I have seen and met through Love Your Melon are what most motivate me to be a part of Texas 4000. I wouldn’t be riding for one or two specific children that I have met, but rather for all forty-three children who are diagnosed with cancer every day. This may seem like a lofty goal or statement, but I don’t think there is one child that would be more deserving of my dedication than another. Every child that is battling cancer deserves to have my ride dedicated to them, because every single one their battles with cancer are greater than any battle I will ever have. Children suffering from cancer inspired me to want to be a part of the Texas 4000 team because at twenty years old, I don’t think that I am even half as strong as children half my age that are undergoing cancer treatments, but I want to fight for them on the days where they can’t quite fight for themselves.
The second reason I decided to apply for Texas 4000 was in honor of my paternal grandfather, whom I never had the chance to meet as he died from melanoma when my dad was young. I ride for him not only with the hope and intention of spreading knowledge about skin cancer and related preventative measures, but also with the hope that one day no child will have to grow up without a parent/grandparent because of cancer.
Third, I ride for my befri (best friend) of 9 years, her family, and most importantly, her angel granddaddy, Glenn Powell. For as long as I can remember Jenna has been that friend that walks into my house without knocking, whose parents feel like my second parents, and who I could run to with all of my problems. So, when she told me late last year that her grandfather had colon cancer, which had spread to his lungs, it felt personal. It felt like a member of my own family had just been diagnosed with cancer, because Jenna’s family feels like my family. Jenna was the first person to confide in me about their experience with cancer, ongoing, former, or otherwise. At the time I didn’t know, but after talking with a few more people about their experiences with cancer, learning the stories and getting to know those who have faced cancer became one of my favorite parts about Texas 4000. I’ve learned over the past few months that when people know that you support a cause near and dear to their heart, they want to talk to you about it. They feel like they have a friend and a listening ear in you. And when those same people lose their loved one, just as Jenna did in March of this year, they know they have a shoulder to cry on. So, because of Jenna and her sweet grandfather, I ride for personal connections, compassion, understanding, and the hope that one day the phrase “my grandpa has cancer,” won’t be such a scary thing to hear.
Though three are the two original reasons I was drawn to Texas 4000, my list of reasons of why I ride grows every day as I hear the stories of friends, family, and acquaintances who have been touched by cancer in some way.