- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2019
- Hometown: Devine, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Biochemistry
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I am a fourth year Biochemistry, Pre-med here at The University of Texas. Hook ‘em!
I am passionate about medicine and helping those who have been affected by cancer. My dream is to be a pediatric oncologist. I love being around kids and being able to help the family members know that there is someone fighting along with them to save their precious loved one. I am currently applying to medical school and hope to begin when I have finished riding to Alaska with 80+ of my cancer-hating, cycle-loving, crazy best friends.
I love sports. Playing them, watching them, hearing about them…all of it. I especially love watching the Horns throughout the season! I played multiple sports in high school and was member of the Women’s Rowing team here at the University. Fun fact: I was a part of the Big 12 Conference Championship team in 2016. It was a time of great growth and fitness. It helped me understand that life has so many great things to offer, if you are only willing to push through the pain.
I also love being outside especially near the water. I find the water soothing and peaceful. I especially love the lake because it reminds me of my grandmother and the family trips we would take to the lake. I grew up on a farm in the wide-open spaces, so I enjoy taking long walks in the early morning or just before dusk. If I’m not out walking or at the lake, you can catch me on my front porch swing reading a book.
"Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you're right." ~ Henry Ford
"Faith grows through hardship. Faith does not grow in a garden of prosperity, but in a desert of tribulation. Even though it is never pleasant to experience hardship; it teaches us to persevere."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." ~ Maya Angelou
Why I Ride
I first heard of Texas 4000, through a family member who rode while I was in high school. I knew then, that when I got my chance to go to The University of Texas, I would be joining T4K. At the time I was unaware of just how personal cancer and I would get. This realization occurred following a series of events in high school.
First, my grandmother who was able to beat breast cancer twice before I was born. She was always such a light in my life and taught me many lessons including how to cook. She got melanoma when I was a sophomore in high school. She fought for 2 long years before passing away in December of my senior year. I will never forget the heart break my family went through that Christmas and each Christmas after.
A few weeks later, my aunt passed away from cancer after her year long fight with cervical cancer. She was a beloved math teacher at my high school and my go-to whenever I couldn’t talk to my mom. She nurtured me and taught me to love all things math. She also instilled in me a passion to follow my heart and achieve my dreams, but not worry about the small, unfixable things of life.
Three months later, one of my closest friends tragically drowned in the flood waters that ran through our small town just a few weeks shy of our high school graduation. She was my first friend in kindergarten after learning we had the same name; because naturally that’s how you make friends in kinder. She was a devoted woman of God who had a sassy-side and a great love for Taylor Swift.
I have had many other family members, friends, and acquaintances affected by cancer, but those were the three biggest moments that changed my life and future forever. It inspired me to pursue medicine and make a difference in the world of cancer, specifically pediatrics. Because this disease is awful and life-changing. It is hurtful and doesn’t discriminate. It has no regard for love and family. Cancer is mean.
Therefore, I ride for my grandmother and grandfather, my aunt and best friend
I ride for the families that have had to stand by and watch their loved ones struggle and suffer at the hand of cancer.
I ride for the mothers and fathers, children and grandchildren, aunts and uncles and all the others who wanted nothing more than to take the pain away from their loved one.
I ride for the families whose lives with forever be changed because of cancer.
I ride for knowledge and charity.
I ride for HOPE, that cancer will one day not be such a devastating prognosis.