- Route: Rockies
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Coppell, TX
- School Year: Sophomore
- Major: Business Honors
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Linda and I am a sophomore at UT in the Business Honors Program getting my certificate in Business of Healthcare. I spent the first 19 years of my life in Coppell, TX being the favorite child of my awesome parents, Dina and Rich, and hanging with my two BFFs/ younger siblings, Sam and Maggie. I am a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a sorority on campus, and am involved at a dance studio in downtown Austin. This past summer, I worked as a high school counselor at Pine Cove Camps. I could continue typing out my resume/life story, but instead here are some random things about me:
I sing 70% of the day, even though I only sound decent in the shower. My music ranges from indie to show toons to rock. I’ll basically listen to any genre, except country, which is probably a sin since I was born in Texas. I’m not a fan of coffee, but love coffee shops. Tacos are my favorite food, which I sometimes eat for breakfast. I dislike breakfast foods, unless I’m eating them for dinner. I like to make friends with people in the grocery store. I like to make friends with people next to me on airplanes. I like to make friends with literally anybody. Listening to people’s viewpoints, especially if they differ from mine, intrigues me. My favorite pastimes include impromptu dance parties, eating ice cream, playing with other people’s dogs, and spending time with my incredible friends. I am a huge fan of Hebrews 12:1-2---“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” I strive to “run the race” that is life by loving others recklessly, living boldly, laughing often, and fully grasping even the littlest of daily adventures.
Why I Ride
I have been witness to the pain and loss that is caused by cancer. My heart has ached for my brothers and sisters worldwide affected by this disease. It has been torn apart hearing the stories of the loss cancer has caused. It has been broken watching cancer take the life out of my grandfather, Jojo. It has also been sewn back together by stories of hope, stories of people winning their fight. I am riding for my grandfather. I am riding for people whose stories I have not yet heard, or will never get to hear. Although it will not be easy, I consider it a privilege to be pushed and grow alongside ambitious people, each with their own story and motives behind Texas 4000. It is a privilege to be able to fight in my own little way, to catch a glimpse of the “fight” people encounter every day—to ultimately choose joy. It is a privilege to ride.