About Me


  • Route: Rockies
  • Ride Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Temple, Tx

About: Hi, I’m Matt. I like good food, music, and sports. I’m incredibly introverted and I love science almost as much as I love my friends and family. That’s pretty much me.
I’m insanely picky about what I eat. It’s actually pretty frustrating, but the foods I do like I could eat everyday. A good steak can make my entire day. Music is incredible to me. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and enjoy playing guitar and the trumpet. There’s just something about it. It relaxes me and can calm me down like nothing else. I sometimes get goosebumps listening to music and it’s the most euphoric sensation. I enjoy sports a lot. I could easily spend an entire day sitting on the couch watching any kind of sport. I get nothing done during the Olympics. I can’t look away. As much as I love watching sports, I enjoy being outside and active even more. Playing baseball and football are some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy playing weird sports like Spike ball with my friends, as well as, biking.
I love my friends and I love spending time with them, but I’m awkward around new people. I can’t tell you why, but I clam up and it takes me a significant amount of time to become comfortable around people. I’m okay with it because it means that I make strong long lasting friendships and relationships. I’m much more satisfied having a few friends that care about me than having a lot of acquaintances.
I love science, but I’m truly passionate about healthcare. It’s something that makes sense to me and it appeals to my need to help others. I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. My dad is a physician and my brother is currently in medical school. They both inspire me and show me that I can accomplish my dreams. I feel encouraged that I can accomplish my goal to be a doctor and make a difference in people’s lives. My mom has spent my entire life teaching me and supporting me in everything that I’ve done. I can’t even imagine the effort she’s put into trying to get me to every different activity that I was involved in, sometimes at the same time. I recall having three completely different events all on the same day in three different cities. She drove me to all of them without hesitation. I can’t thank her enough for the effort she’s put into supporting me.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me. I hope this gives you some insight into my life.


Why I Ride

Cancer stinks. There’s no other way to put it. It sucks and it’s awful and it can make you feel helpless. Whether you’re personally fighting or someone close to you is battling cancer, you can feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. I’ve never personally experienced cancer, but I’ve watched and had to deal with multiple people in my life go through it. There was basically nothing I could do about it and it made me feel helpless. When I was 5, one of my friends from school passed away from a brain tumor and I barely even recall seeing him, no less making an impact on his fight. Recently Mr. Glenn Lackey, a major mentor and supporter of me, battled and beat cancer and the best I could do was ask my parents how he was doing whenever I saw them. In high school, my mom battled and beat colon cancer and to be completely honest, I didn’t know how to deal with it. I don’t even recall being supportive. I simply put all my faith in the doctors and hoped that the surgery went well.
I ride because this is my chance to make a difference for cancer patients all over and for the people in my life who have had cancer. Texas 4000 is an organization that makes a difference. I am beyond proud to have the opportunity to be involved in this program and to start making my impact against this horrible disease.