- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2019
- Hometown: Brady, TX
- School Year: Junior
- Major: Arts and Entertainment Technology
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Greetings! I'm Travis and here are some fun facts about me. I'm Malaysian Chinese and Scottish. I have three first names. I was born in Singapore and raised in Texas. I'm a Junior at UT studying Arts and Entertainment Technology with a minor in Computer Science. My role model in life is my older sister. I'm passionate about photography. Love talking about cars—especially Porsches'. Will love on any dog no matter what size. And I'm cycling to Alaska for cancer research and awareness.
Why I Ride
I've learned long ago that life is challenging and not always fair. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. It's disheartening to believe that we cannot always save the ones we love. I felt this pain during my Sophomore year of high school.
My family received notice that my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. He resided in a small community in the Johor region of southern Malaysia.
He was a humble and honest man—warm to the core. The townsfolk would always share stories about his acts of kindness.
Due to distance and timing, only my mother was able to visit him. He succumbed a few hours after she arrived. Months have passed and life was still difficult for all of us.
A year later, I took a college day with my sister. She introduced me to many of UT's most recognized organizations. Through a few of her friends, I learned about Texas 4000, a charity ride where members are tasked with the infeasible challenge of cycling from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.
Along the ride, members promote the three foundational pillars that shape Texas 4000: hope, knowledge, charity. These characteristics have become my motivation to cycle this 4000-mile cross-country trek.
Hope: The quality that reassures us that one day we may be able to find a cure but to also be resilient in times of calamity.
Knowledge: The idea that there are types of cancer that are preventable. Through educating the public, we may be able to practice simple precautions that potentially save lives.
Charity: To raise funds each year and donate to a notable medical facility. This is to ensure that research is subsidized and possible to conduct.
I am honored to be a part of something much greater than myself. As my team and I embark on this chapter of our lives and dedicate the next two years to fundraising and training, I'd like your help—not only for me, not only for my team, but for all those who are affected by this disease.