- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2015
- Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
- School Year: Junior
- Major: Plan II Honors
- Email: email@example.com
About: My name is Levi Joseph and I am a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am studying Plan II Honors and Supply Chain Management, as well as pursuing a certificate in Environmental Studies. I grew up on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Dunwoody, GA, where I first developed my love for the outdoors.
Why I Ride
Over 150 people have died on Everest; cancer claims the lives of 1,500 Americans every day.
Cancer is a mountain, not an ocean. Both are dangerous. Both push humans to their limits. The main difference is that an ocean can never be conquered, while a mountain can. We will hopefully one day reach cancer’s summit, look down from it with new perspective, and say, “wow, look at all that we have accomplished. Look at the hope we have brought into the world.” We are not there yet. We are standing at cancer’s base camp and staring at its peak, in awe and a little scared of what still needs to be done. All that matters is that we take steps upward. Forever climbing, even though it may be a struggle. We must remember that cancer is but a blemish upon the human condition. Polio was once something similar, and yet it is almost eradicated. We are making serious strides towards curing cancer as a species, primarily through the work done by compassionate individuals. Not all of these people are scientists with PhDs and resumes four feet long. Many are individuals volunteering at their local “walk for a cure” events. Most are average citizens, making calls to or waiting at the bedsides of their loved ones. We can all be cancer fighters. We can all challenge cancer’s mountain, clip into a rope of support, love and hope, and push for the peak.
I ride for JS and CJ. I ride because cancer sucks.