• Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Houston, TX

Why I Ride

Throughout my life, I have seen cancer affect the lives of many people dear to my heart. Whether it be seeing stories in the media or hearing about family friends that have been diagnosed, I have always felt helpless in my ability to make a difference. However, it’s time for that to change.

There is one very important element that many individuals with cancer possess, and that is hope. Cancer treatment can make you lose your hair, suffer tremendous physical and emotional pain, and question your existence, but hope that you will survive and come out a stronger human being is more powerful than anything. My goal as a Texas 4000 rider is to talk to as many of these people as I can, learn their fears and strengths, and show them that they are not alone in their battle with cancer.

The great ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, once said, “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.” Although I won’t be able to truly understand what it’s like to have cancer, I can express empathy. And in doing so, I firmly believe that I can encourage every individual I come in contact with to keep going and keep smiling.

I ride for those that are mentally and emotionally drained by cancer. I ride to inspire people to keep fighting. I ride to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. I ride to build a cancer-free tomorrow.