- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Edinburg, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: B.A Musical Theatre
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for clicking on my page and thank you for caring to learn a little more about me!
Thanks to my lovely parents, I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. I am now a rising senior and blessed to be at the University of Texas. As a first generation college student, everything is a privilege and blessing! Come May, God-willingly, I will be receiving a B.A. in Musical Theatre, a Certificate in Business, and a minor in American Sign Language. As you can tell, my interests are all over the place! It's true. I love a lot of things and am easily entertained and fascinated. However, the most important of these has been the joy of performance and bringing joy and laughter to others through performance. Other interest include sudoku, all things Disney, to-do lists, pastries, family time, and every holiday.
I have a little pupper and his name is Milo. If I could, I would build a little wagon for him attach it to my bike, and take him to Alaska with us.
I am eager to fight this fight and shine some love and light every where I am led.
Let's fight this fight together!
Why I Ride
Short letters to the loves of my life:
To: Cesar Castaneda
AKA “Cezur”/My sweet and funny cousin
I was scared to see you when cancer was doing its worst to you. I was afraid to visit when things began to worsen because if cancer did truly make you too weak to continue the fight and ended up taking you away, I didn’t want the image of you lying ill in that hospital bed to be the way I remembered you. Even though cancer did not win, but God still decided to take you home then, I didn’t, couldn’t, and don’t remember you as ill and defeated. When I think of you, I’m reminded of a bright light because that’s exactly what you were and are. You had such hope and positivity even when it appeared as though all odds were against you. You longed for the simple things in life that others overlooked. You loved whole heartedly and unconditionally. You smiled brightly and proudly. You supported every dream and encouraged every hope. You left your mark on our hearts and this is how I will always remember you. Cesar, I ride for you. I ride to keep your youth and life alive. I ride in hopes to have as much hope and strength that you carried with you on the daily. Te amo, mi primo. Somos familia and for that reason alone I will go to the ends of the earth for you. God-willingly, I’ll be seeing you.
To: Mom and Dad
AKA “Mama” and “Poppa”
All the questions I ask about Abuelita and Abuelito from the beginning of my existence, is just a way for me to piece together an idea of who my grandparents were. It’s easy to see why you both are as amazing and as strong as you are, especially after hearing stories and memories of your parents. Mom, you are the strongest and most beautiful woman I have ever met. It’s funny you feel the same way about your momma. Dad, you are the most selfless and hardworking man I’ve ever met. A big influencer to these attributes was your poppa. When I think about how you lost grandma and grandpa, my heart breaks. I put myself in your position and immediately break down at the thought of cancer invading your bodies and watching either of you leave me. I am so very grateful to God for having the both of you in my life today. You have shown me the most unwavering and unconditional love. By the grace of God, you have led me on a path of hope and love. You encourage and strengthen me every day. I am undeserving of you and I pray to God that I may one day love the way you do and give back what you gave to me tenfold. I ride for you, Mama and Poppa, and for the people who made it possible for me to have you. I ride in memory of my grandparents and for all the suffering everyone around endured while watching cancer attack. I’d bike to Alaska and back a million times for you if I could. Te amo con todo lo que tengo.
I feel so very blessed to know love and nothing but it. In a world of hatred, drama, and evils, love reigns over all. Those negative things don’t seem to matter much anymore when love is a factor. Texas 4000 has given me an opportunity to pour out this bubbling love I have in my body and soul in a way I never could’ve imagined. I ride, not only for my own familia, but for all those of whom I met throughout my life who have been affected by cancer in any way. I ride for all my brothers and sisters whom I have yet to meet. I ride because I believe in a cure and I believe in the power of hope. I ride to fight and I will fight with all the love, faith, hope, and strength I have with the help of my courageous and amazing team.
If I don’t know your story, I want to. I want to ride for you and yours. If you’d be willing to share your story, I will be more than ready to listen to it (via phone call or via hangout) or read it (via email, message, or letter). If you’re reading this, I ride for you and I love you.
Glory be to God!
1 Corinthians 16:14