Profile

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

About: Hello! My name is Emy Merriman and I am a nutrition student at the University of Texas. Rather than typing out my resumé and life aspirations, here are some impromptu facts about me: My golden doodle is my best friend. Homemade puppy chow is one of my favorite snacks (also sometimes for breakfast). I love apples with peanut butter, frozen grapes, & veggies prepared any/every way (#nutritionmajor). I find running, cycling, boxing, yoga, & cleaning (yes, cleaning- dishes, laundry, vacuum…) very therapeutic. I like having conversations with people at the cash register. Things that make me happy are fresh bedsheets, reading outside, and doing handstands. Eating ice cream, paddle boarding with friends, walking with my incredible family (or dogs), and trying new recipes are some of my favorite pastimes.
I believe that scars are proof of bravery and that we’re only living faith when we taste a bit of fear in our mouth. I also believe that “this too shall pass.” No matter how wonderful and epic and glorious life is right now, the sun will go down. And no matter how painful and difficult and ugly life is right now, the sun will come up. I know that my time here is limited, so I want to take every second to love deeply, serve willingly, and run joyously. Though the road may be challenging, I strive to embrace my race. I study the faith and endurance of runners who have gone before me, and I run as light as possible, pushing past my endurance limits, and fixing my eyes on the Great Prize.

Why I Ride

The friendships I made while at the Ronald McDonald House impacted me in ways I could never forget. Jeremy’s newborn son was going through his third heart surgery, Briana was fighting a severe GI disorder, and Bushoy was put through a multitude of extensive back surgeries, and though I don’t recall the details of each diagnosis, I remember how each of them were filled with tremendous hope. Because of the encouragement Bushoy, Briana, Jeremy, and many others at the Ronald McDonald House gave to me while receiving medical treatment, I want to ride for them and use my body in ways that they cannot. I also want to ride for my aunts who proved that they wouldn’t let cancer stop them from living to raise their kids in strong, healthy homes. I want to ride for my professor, Dr. Meadows, who uses the low places from her hardships as stepping stones for others to climb higher and closer to hope. I want to ride for my friend’s dad with stage 4 lymphoma and walk alongside them as they face the bumpy road ahead. I want to ride for my sweet friend Abbie, who now has to experience what life is like without her mother to call and talk to (like I do at least 5x a day).

I will ride. I will for the stories of those around me and the chance to be a part of them- for my teammates, our supporters, and for those of every person we encounter throughout this journey. I will ride to share knowledge and awareness on cancer, as well as for charity to contribute to the research and prevention of this disease. I will ride for hope - perhaps one of the greatest weapons in our fight against despair and hardships.

I ride for Aunt Melissa & Aunt Sarah.
I ride for Bushoy, Brianna, Jeremy, & everybody I met staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
I ride for Dr. Meadows.
I ride for Abbie.
I ride for Logan.
I ride for my dad & his encouragement to fight like the “man in the arena.”
I ride for those who cannot & for every life touched by cancer.

I ride because it is a gift to be able to.