Former Holliday student, rider for Texas 4000 for Cancer


Samantha Schade, a 2014 graduate of Holliday High School was selected among hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin to participate in the summer of 2017 with the Texas 4000 participants.

Texas 4000 was founded in 2004 by a UT student who was a cancer survivor.  This student-founded organization has grown into a non-profit organization, and the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world.  Ms. Schade competed with other UT students for this opportunity.  Her application was accepted at which time she was asked to participate in a group interview and an individual interview.  While in high school, Samantha’s mother Debra Schade, was diagnosed with cancer, and first hand, Samantha experienced the pain of this disease.  Her mother showed tremendous strength, as did Samantha, but she lost the battle on November 1, 2014.

Each year, a group of UT students train and prepare for a 70-day, 4,687 mile bike ride from the Texas campus in Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.   In addition, each rider participates in community service and sets a minimum fundraising goal of $4500 that goes toward Texas 4000’s mission of Hope, Knowledge and Charity from Austin to Anchorage. To date, Texas 4000 has raised over $5 million for distribution to various cancer-related organizations including LIVESTRONG, The University of Texas Department of Biomedical Engineering, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Brent’s Place, and American Cancer Society.

Samantha is currently attending the University of Texas and is in her second semester.  For additional information on Samantha’s story, why she rides for her Mom, or to donate

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