- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2020
- Hometown: Plano, TX
- School Year: Sophomore
- Major: Biochemistry
Hey you! Thanks for taking the time to read about me! But before you begin, I highly recommend that you visit the pages of my fellow 2021 riders as well and donate to those who have not yet reached their fundraising goals!
I am a senior pursuing a Biochemistry degree and have been involved with Texas4000 for Cancer since freshman year! Being a part of Texas RIDE, the 2020 team, and now the 2021 team has continued to build my appreciation for this fantastic organization. Outside of Texas4000, I love to spend my time sleeping, avoiding the gym, and avoiding “adulting.” During quarantine, I managed to watch all of the Star Wars movies and TV shows for the first time and can highly recommend it should you have the time. I never thought that I would say this, but I have grown to appreciate Austin through… running? Still deciding on this one. I do love me some therapy dogs, my own two dogs, and telling everyone about how cute my dogs are.
Aside from my hobbies, I have and always will have a heart for missions. Whether that be missions through the church or medical missions, I’ve always felt called to serve and love those in need, and I can think of no better place to begin my dream of serving others through Texas 4000.
Texas 4000’s mission of spreading hope, knowledge, and charity is the mission I have carried with me every day both inside and outside of Texas 4000. I aim to do the best I can to brighten someone else’s day, whether that be a cancer patient, someone who has limited accessibility or availability to healthcare, or anyone having a rough day. No matter the impact I leave, I want my actions to demonstrate that I’ve fought the good fight and loved onto others as I would have wanted to be.
Why I Ride
Cancer impacts everyone.
From Alex Trebek, to your mother, to my grandfather, cancer strikes indiscriminately. Even if you, a close relative, your friends, or your friend’s friends have not encountered cancer face to face, it is still there and hurting those all around us.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 38.4% of all people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. To put that into perspective, per family of five, two individuals get cancer diagnoses. But cancer is not just an individual diagnosis. For a family, it is a possibility that a child loses his or her parent, a grandparent misses out on their grandchild’s first steps, or parents have to grieve for their child.
But what separates cancer from sickness? And why have I chosen to ride from Austin to Alaska to fight cancer? Well, my grandfather was one of the 38.4%, and he did not get well soon. In January of 2001, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. And in June of 2002, after bravely fighting months longer than the median 8-month survival time of a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis, he succumbed to his battle with cancer. I say this, however, not knowing how cancer affected my own life. I was fortunate enough to have been spared the sadness of slowly watching my grandfather pass before my eyes, but I still missed out on a lifetime of memories with the role model of my role model. And so, when I ride against cancer, I ride for my grandfather, and the brave individuals fighting or who have fought an unimaginable fight, who have experienced what no others should. I ride for my family, and the families who harbor a pain like no other. And most importantly, I ride for the eradication of cancer and the pain that it has caused for too many of us.
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