• Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Austin, TX

About: I'm currently a nursing student and just recently started my first semester of clinicals! Working with patients has lead to countless amazing stories and learning SO MUCH. I served on Ignite Texas staff the past two years, helping freshman find community within UT. I have also deeply enjoyed loving on kiddos, specifically girls in MS/HS through my time in an after-school ministry called Mount Nebo.

Outside of orgs & school, I love the outdoors & am almost always down for a spontaneous road trip. You'll probably see me driving with the windows down - hair blowing in the wind & music blasting (bad for gas mileage, good for the soul.) I love alternative music and jazz, reading autobiographies, and listening to podcasts. Big fan of studying in coffee shops to make the long study hours more enjoyable, and because, lets be honest, I just love coffee. That being said - if you want to tell me your story over a cup of jo, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to dedicate my ride to you or someone you hold dear. Thank you so much for your support.

Why I Ride

I ride for my Mom Myrl, who was my favorite painting teacher and who was like another grandma to me. She lost her life to breast cancer and is dearly missed by my family. I ride for Wayne, the beloved husband of my middle school band director Mrs. Redus, along with her and her two boys, who lost their husband and father to brain cancer much too soon. Mrs. Redus is one of my role models for what it means to be a strong woman, and her resilience always put me in awe. I ride for my sweet next-door neighbors growing up - Heather, Brenden, and Max, who were always so kind to me and who have also experienced the pain of losing a husband and father to cancer. I ride for my Aunt Mary, my kindred spirit, who won her fight with colon cancer, yet still deals with its aftermath in her daily life. She’s hiking the Appalachian trail this coming year, and I want to be like her when I grow up.

I ride for the countless lives that cancer has taken from us and for those that were left behind. I ride for those still valiantly fighting their battles and those still yet to fight. I ride for those that have won yet still know cancers toll. I ride for all the hearts that cancer has broken, and the joy, love, and gratefulness that has patched them back together – including my own.

Somehow, something that can break us down so deeply can also bring us together in the most beautiful ways. There is tenderness within heartbreak and renewal in the hope we can provide each other. I’m privileged to be able to learn from and grow with my incredible Texas 4000 team, who all have their own unique stories to tell. We’re all here to do a small part in kicking cancers butt. We’re here to hear your story and ride for those you love. Join us on our crazy journey and lets do the dang thing!

Ride Dedications:
Aunt Mary
Redus Family
Mom Myrl
Feeney Family
From people I have met on my journey:
Jon (Noah's Father)
Steven Pettit
Kathy Gonzalez