- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Arlington, TX
- School Year: Sophomore
- Major: Applied Movement Science
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey y’all! I’m Bailey and I’m a sophomore studying Kinesiology in hopes of doing something along the lines of physical therapy. I am born and raised in Arlington, Texas by two loving parents, Carol and Gary, and an older sister, Colby, who I loved growing up with. I owe everything to my family for where I am today as they have given me everything I have ever needed and supported me on my daunting ideas like biking from Austin to Alaska.
First thing to know about me, I am a MAJOR Beatles fan. I can't tell you how many months I have non-stop listened to only the Beatles. I feel I would be absolutely content in life if I listened to nothing but the Beatles. I also a lot about their music and all the stories about them so ask me about them if you are ever curious on my Beatles knowledge. Okay enough of my love for the Beatles. I also really love listening to music, specifically 60's and 70's since that’s the kind of music I was brainwashed to love. Throughout my childhood, my parents would put on CD's by ABBA, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Presley, The Beatles etc. and that is all we would listen to for weeks. My sister and I had to hide the CD when they got to Neil Young because we couldn't stand him.
Other things I love to do is my hanging out with my family as we usually just sit around a listen to old music, which is one of my favorite things to do. I love watching old movies, studying with friends at coffeehouses (you can catch me at Bennu multiple days of the week), going out to eat with friends, grocery shopping, baking, and my wonderful little pup, Scout, who brings me more joy than anything.
I really love getting to know people. I love to go to coffeehouses with friends and just sit and catch up about our lives and dreams for the future. I can be pretty easily entertained if we can keep the conversation going. I am introverted in the way that I love the time with myself to do absolutely or just things that I enjoy like music, reading, walking etc.
Texas 4000 is an organization that sometimes I can't even put into words about how much I love. This organization touches people's hearts in a way I have never seen. To watch strangers come up to me and be vulnerable about losing someone to cancer or even with their fight with cancer is something I have never experienced before. Texas 4000 truly spreads hope, knowledge and charity through this annual bike ride and I am beyond blessed to apart of their story.
This is probably more than you were expecting, but I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me.
Why I Ride
There are a two people that I ride for that cancer has taken from my family. The first one is my paternal grandfather, Pop, who passed away from his long battle with prostate cancer a few months before my parents met. He was a part of the U.S Navy for 20 years and an advisor for DeMolays for about 25 years as well. While I still had three other amazing grandparents, it always bothered me growing up that cancer robbed me of my relationship with him. I ride for him because cancer should not be the reason a grandparent does not meet their grandchild.
The second person I ride for, is my Grandpa. He told my mom when I was little, that she needed to watch out for me, that I was going to be an adventurous one. My mother always reminds me of that every time I want to do something crazy like ride my bike to Alaska. He was a Retired Vietnam U.S army retired colonel, avid golfer, and hobbies included woodworking and carpentry. He built almost all the furniture in my house: desk, wall systems, coffee tables, American Girl doll paraphernalia, etc. He and my grandma would come in for Christmas every year and I always remember sitting on his lap and playing with his comb over. He was such an incredible role model to everyone around him. It was December 2006 when he was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer and he and my grandma did not come to Christmas that year. It was only a few months later when the cancer spread to his brain and soon after, he passed away on April 29, 2007. I was only 9 when he passed away, so I remember not fully understanding what happened to him. I ride for him because he left my family too soon and cancer should not be the cause of that.
I ride because I believe we will one day live in a world without cancer. While I may not be a part of the research behind the discovery, I will continue to donate my time and money to organizations like Texas 4000 who have the same goal as the researchers: to end cancer.