- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Coppell, Texas
- School Year: Senior
- Major: iMPA
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: I am a 5th year in the McCombs School of Business and I will be riding in the summer of 2018, after I graduate with my masters in accounting.
Why I Ride
I want to join Texas 4000 to honor my late grandfather’s memory. My grandfather’s death was the first time I had experienced grief. He was an honorable man who lived his life to the fullest. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late Stage 4 in 2003, and died within a year after multiple rounds of chemo and post two surgeries. During his last days, I clearly remember one night sitting by his bed and reading him a story when he stopped me and handed me a present. The present was a stethoscope. He gave it to me and said that he wanted me to check up on him every single day, and told me that hanging out with me was the best medicine he could have asked for. After he gave me the stethoscope, I told him that I would become a doctor and fight cancer for him, but had to change my career plans after realizing how bad I am at biology. His death affected me and my mother the most. My mother has lost both her parents, and I can tell how much it hurts her. Joining Texas 4000 will be to honor my grandfather’s memory, and show my mother how I will always remember him and do my best to keep his legacy alive.
Legendary ESPN anchor, the late Stuart Scott said during his Jimmy V Award acceptance speech – “So live. Live! Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.” Hearing that speech reminded me about how important it is to let somebody else fight for you. After my grandfather had passed away, I had forgotten about being that somebody. That speech made me reflect back on my memories with my grandfather, and find a way to help people fight cancer. Texas 4000 is providing me with that opportunity and I am really thankful for it.