About Me

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  • Route: Ozarks
  • Ride Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Pflugerville, TX

Why I Ride

Starting off my 20’s, with the biggest challenge and adventure of my life. Next summer, me and 90 other University of Texas students will be biking from Austin,Texas to Anchorage, Alaska on a 70 day journey in the hopes to raise $4,500 each for cancer research. As we progress 4,500 miles across the U.S., we hope to spread HOPE, KNOWLEDGE and CHARITY to the cancer communities we pass by and take action towards finding a cure.

Cancer has always been a looming anxiety in my life, and I’m incredibly honored for the opportunity to be on the 2019 Texas 4000 team. My mother’s best friend, Rita Missal, is the epitome of life but with her cancer, exemplified just how fast and erratic things can take a turn for the worse. After being diagnosed with stage 3 bone marrow cancer, she received chemotherapy and suffered four horrible years of hospital visits and was given five years to live. And right now, she is doing just that. Last January, she was in India and in June she was in Istanbul at the exact same time as the airport bombing. She could just as easily have died in that bomb blast that day after battling cancer for so many years.

Life is unpredictable. If you zoom in, you will see a small scar on my chin (10 stitches) from riding a BIKE! My dad taught me how to ride a bike but NOT how to break. In some ways this taught me to alway keep my momentum up by simply not knowing how to give up.

Help me keep my fundraising momentum up by donating on the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/ycvyow7w

I RIDE for anyone fighting cancer, cancer survivors, and care givers
I RIDE for Rita Missal who is currently in remission
I RIDE for my Dadu (grandpa) who passed away last August from suspected lung cancer
I RIDE for those suffering from mental health
I RIDE for the underprivileged

I RIDE for YOU!

Please message me if I can dedicate my ride for anyone

To Alaska and back,
Debleena 🚴🏾‍♀️💕