- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2020
- Hometown: Austin, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: International Relations and Global Studies
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name's Christina Cho, but you can call me Cho or Choseph. The puns are endless. I'm a fourth-year International Relations and Global Studies student at UT Austin and a denying lactose-intolerant because icecream and bread are just too tasty! I’m a native Austinite raised by two goofy parents named Okkyung and Sung-Rae. I also have an older brother who serves in the navy and dances really well (it's wild, y'all). I love hiking, storytelling, playing the guitar and piano, and endlessly listening to podcasts or reading. I also speak French and Korean! After I graduate, I hope to continue being part of a team with a social impact in whatever field I end up in!
Why I Ride
Through Texas 4000, I am able to ride for anyone who has been affected by cancer and carry the powerful message of hope. I am riding for my uncle who passed away from Cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and aggressive form of bile duct cancer. He was the first and most meaningful death I ever experienced.
I also am riding for my mom who has devoted 30 years of her career as a cancer researcher for M.D. Anderson and the University of Texas at Austin. From my mother and uncle, I have grown up around my personal experience with cancer through death and education. I value the endless contributions of my mom’s cancer research community and of families who work hard to love and keep loving.
Texas 4000 reminds me of the lives of my uncle, my mom, my friends' parents, my friends, and many others as well. Texas 4000 embodies hope for a cancer-free tomorrow and I want to partake in sharing the stories of all the fighters, families, friends, and caretakers. Let's ride for hope!