- Route: Rockies
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Coppell, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Neuroscience
- Email: email@example.com
About: Hi friends! My name is Rachel and I am a 4th year Neuroscience Honors major with a minor in Health Communication. I am pre-med and planning to go to medical school after I take a gap year to work and travel the world! Apart from T4K, I am involved in Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Longhorn EMS, Health Science Scholars Honors program, and Mount Nebo ministries. I love exploring ATX - the hiking trails, the surrounding hill country, the INCREDIBLE food, the countless views, and the endless nightlife! Thank you for checking out my page!
Why I Ride
I have wanted to fight cancer since I was ten years old, when a long-time family friend and second dad to me, Brent Heaton, died from cancer. I didn’t even know what cancer was when he got sick, but I vividly remember how I felt when writing him a Get Well Soon card. With hot, angry tears streaming down my face, I scribbled these words in big, clumsy letters on the back: “I will find a cure for cancer one day. I’m positive.”
Now here I am, a 4th-year pre-med student with plans of becoming a pediatric oncologist. I have grown and learned so much more about cancer since I wrote that card. While I know now that I am likely not going to personally find a cure, Texas 4000 is as close as I can be right now to directly impact those who ARE on the front lines, who ARE finding the life-saving treatments and medications, working towards an eventual cure.
“I ride for…” is how we start every Texas 4000 meeting. My teammates hold heartbreaking stories of loss, inspiring accounts of victory, and bittersweet updates of perseverance. I ride for too many people to include here (cancer’s indiscriminate reach is unacceptable) but the main reason I applied was my grandmother Annette. When I applied for T4K, she had been diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer. She lost her fight two days after my birthday this past February, yet she still got me a birthday card like always. Inside it was $50, which I decided to be my first official donation to honor her memory. Her selflessness, independence, and immense love for her family inspired me to act, and continues to do so every day.
I am biking for those who cannot, and for those who live daily with the possibility that they may not be able to do so tomorrow. Please let my know if there is anyone you'd like me to ride for as well - I would be honored to carry their story with me to Alaska.