- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2018
- Hometown: Missouri City, TX
- School Year: Sophomore
- Major: Business Honors, Finance, Public Health
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Suchin, and I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. I was born in Boston as the second of my parents' three children. My family and I moved to Missouri City, Texas when I was three years old. I am a middle child with two sisters - not always easy, but I would never ask for anything else. I play two instruments - piano and tabla, speak three languages - Hindi, Spanish, and English, and have been to 4 wonders of the world - Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer Statue, and Machu Picchu.
I loved my first year at UT. It was a whirlwind of new environments, friends, and activities. Being a member of Texas 4000 was one of the highlights of my freshman year, and I can't wait to see what is in store for my ride year!
Why I Ride
In 8th grade, I began volunteering at MD Anderson Cancer Center. This was my first real exposure to the effects cancer had on patients and their families. Seeing the impact a single disease could have on so many people moved me, and I kept coming back year after year to provide my time and support. I noticed how much a few minutes of my time or a cup of hot chocolate meant to the people I met. Through my experience at MD Anderson, I learned the importance of charity.
While in high school, my aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her son was still a teenager, a few years older than me, and I began to see firsthand the impact of cancer. As my aunt's condition worsened, I saw my cousins mature and adapt to the situation. Even though my cousin was still in high school, he behaved like an adult and helped his family in every way he could. In spite of all the hardships that cancer brought into their family, my aunt, uncle, and cousins became closer and more united. I ride for my aunt and her family, who showed me that even though cancer could take away your strength, it can not take away your support.
I intend to use my role as a Texas 4000 member to provide my time and support to those in need.