Profile

  • Route: Rockies
  • Ride Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Aledo, Texas

About: Hi, I'm Madison! I am from a tiny town west of Fort Worth, but I am really loving the city life in Austin. I am currently a Business Freshman and am exploring possibilities in Finance, Accounting, or even Entrepreneurship, so stay tuned. I have two loving parents, Jim and Carla, and two sometimes rambunctious siblings, Morgan (14) and Preston (12). Also my dogs are the cutest, but also I definitely get caught up in the college life and forget they exist #whoops.

On a good day you can catch me either baking some sort of dessert, adventuring, or spending time with friends and family. I fell in love with hiking last summer after Pike's Peak and now I crave the thrill, but sadly there are not many mountains in Texas. My favorite sporty things to do are golf (love me some Jordan Spieth), volleyball, running, and I guess biking now haha.

If there is anyone you would like me to ride for PLEASE let me know. I want every step of this journey to be intentional and that starts by sharing our stories. Also if you want to talk to me more or hang out or geek out about the enneagram (I'm a 1w9) then you can reach me at:
madisonwyss@att.net
Encouragements, prayers, and memes are always appreciated.

From Austin to Alaska,
Madison

Why I Ride

I ride for my mom, for cancer patients, their families, and for hope.
In 2012 my family was shocked to discover that my mom's previously diagnosed runner's pneumonia was actually lung cancer. Even today I haven't completely comprehended what all has happened, much less did then 12 year old me. It simply just didn't make sense. I didn't even know what exactly cancer was except the fact that it changed everything. It took 2/3 of my mom's lungs, our peace of mind, our security and could possibly take my mom. Doctors discovered that her type of cancer would continuously genetically reproduce and her only option was to try to maintain it. There was literally nothing we could do. We were powerless.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation"
-Psalm 91:14-16

Psalm 91 is my mom's favorite and it perfectly expresses how she endured. There is no other way to tell the story. Jesus saved her. There is no way she could have gone 4 years without treatment with her aggressive case, receive one surgery, and be cancer free for three years now. He is our only hope.

Biking to Alaska will not cure cancer. However, the actions taken, the money raised, and the hope ignited for cancer patients and their families will be a step in the direction to cure cancer. I don't want other families to have to go through what mine did. I don't want families suffering to lack hope. I don't want to sit by and do nothing. I ride because we all have to do something, whatever that may look like, to fight for a cure.