About Me


  • Route: Rockies
  • Ride Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Katy, TX
  • School Year: Senior
  • Major: International Relations and Global Studies
  • Email: cshafik@utexas.edu

About: I am studying International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) with a focus on International Security at the University of Texas at Austin. I am studying IRG because I believe in the IDEA that is America and I believe in spreading our values of democracy, human rights, and equality under the law. I want to pursue a career in national security, specifically in regards to combatting terrorism and help promote human security - the idea that all of humanity should have safety and security - and to help all individuals live free of fear - especially those in the Middle East. Lastly, I serve as a leader with YoungLife Capernaum where we share the Gospel with kids that have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Why I Ride

I ride for Marlyn and Karen Beshay and their mother and father who lost their brother and son, Anthony Beshay to cancer. I ride for my best friend, Matthew Tedross and his family who lost their father and husband, Maged Tedross to cancer. I ride for Mona Abouelkhier and her daughters, who lost their husband, father, and our beloved family friend, Sheriff Abouelkhier to cancer. I ride for my 7-year-old Camp Kesem camper, Gavin Vohl, who lost his mother to cancer two weeks before I met him. I ride for my grandfather Halim Shafik who had prostate cancer for 10 years and died from complications with chemotherapy. I ride for my grandmother Nabila Shafik who passed away from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma on 3/24/18.

I ride because I know I have an ultimatum: Carry on with my life wishing never to have to cope with cancer, or kick its ass by inspiring Hope and Relentless Optimism around the country, learn and spread preventive measures, and raise money for cancer research and support services.

I ride because I can think of no other act more powerful, no trek more symbolic, no pursuit more loving, than riding on account Anthony Beshay, Maged Tedross, Sheriff Abouelkhier, Nicki Vohl, Halim Shafik, Nabila Shafik, and countless others. I would be honored to dedicate a day for your loved one.

Please pray for this ride, for this fight, and especially for these families. I ride for every one of them and for every person below.

To Alaska and Always,

DAY 1: Anthony Beshay
DAY 3: Sonia Ibrahim
DAY 4: Matt Ratzloff
DAY 5: Norbert Grundman
DAY 7: Nicki Vohl
DAY 8: Tasony Victoria
DAY 9: Anonymous
DAY 10: Halim Shafik
DAY 11: Tommy Mann
DAY 12: Cash Samarron
DAY 14: Maged Tedross
DAY 15: Anonymous
DAY 16: Aziz Fouad
DAY 18: Nabila Shafik
DAY 19: Adly Faragalla
DAY 20: Aida Morcos
DAY 21: George Malek
DAY 22: Nawal Malek
DAY 24: Lin Gonzalez
DAY 27: Officer William Pieper
DAY 28: Nabila Shafik
DAY 30: Lilean Chen
DAY 32: John McRae
DAY 33: Hany Lotfy
DAY 35: Magda Besahy
DAY 37: Sheriff Abouelkhier
DAY 39: Hillary Jacobs
DAY 40: Nader Beshay
DAY 41: Nellie Claire McClellan
DAY 42: Cindy Pope Dennis
DAY 45: Marion McCormack
DAY 46: Winona Siu
DAY 48: Jane Przada
DAY 53: Jerry Browning
DAY 54: Janice Browning
DAY 55: Madelin Naguib Ibrahim
DAY 56: Sarah Buchholz
DAY 58: Matt Patrick
DAY: Shara Fryer
DAY 65: James Paul Pope
DAY 66: Karima Bekhit
Day 68: Nermine Naguib
DAY 70: My Teammates