- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2019
- Hometown: San Antonio, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: General Elementary Education
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why I Ride
I am riding over 4,000 miles on a bike for all those who cannot. More specifically, our family, friends, and other members of our communities that have been affected by cancer. In 2006, my grandpa passed away from pancreatic cancer. Feeling like I have never done anything to truly honor his fight and death, I am grateful to now have the opportunity to honor him in a way I never thought possible. I am also driven by the idea that being apart of the 2019 Texas 4000 team gives me the incredible experience to ride for so many other people. I am riding for my teammates and their loved ones affected my cancer. I am riding for those who support us along the route from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK. I am riding for and with the riders that have gone before me. I am riding for Erika Rivas, who passed from breast cancer in 2012. I am riding for Tanya Raba, who passed away from breast cancer in 2017. I am riding for my Tia Elma and Mrs. Cedillo, who are survivors of breast cancer and incredible women who deserve to know how inspiring their fight is to me.
I am riding for all those who sacrifice everyday to support and care for those loved ones in their lives affected by cancer. I cannot imagine the amount of letting go or cutting short of desires or passions to do something in order to care for someone else. For your fight, I ride as well.
I have always been driven by a desire to bring good into the world. More specifically, I have always wanted people to realize how loved they are. Not by me, but by God. There is a grace that comes to keep going, no matter how hard life gets, when we remember to thank God for what life has brought us. There is a peace that takes over when we let God control what we do not understand or have the power to control. Finally, there is a love that we are able to share when we let God work through us, and even then it does not seem like something we can understand or at least put words to. I hope that through my time as I prepare to ride and throughout the following summer, I can only hope to be this love to others so that they, in turn, can be that love. Together, we can really change the lives of those that we come across and make the world a better place.
If you have made it this far, I thank you for taking the time to read my story and I appreciate you. Now, however, is the time when I ask for a donation.
If you would like to help me financially fight cancer, I ask that you now click the link to donate and after a few, easy steps you will have your tax-deductible receipt and the knowledge that you have donated to a great cause.
ANY amount contributed is greatly appreciated and will only put me closer to my goal. If my goal is reached, let's keep fundraising because ultimately, there is no limit in how much we can contribute to cancer support services and cancer research! Along with donations, I would like to ask that you message me names of anyone that has been affected by cancer in your life. As a member of T4K, I will proudly ride with your loved ones as I keep them in mind and pray for them throughout the trek across North America.