- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2021
- Hometown: McKinney, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Biology Premed
- Email: [email protected]
About: Hey! I'm Brandon, and I'm a fourth-year biology pre-med student at UT. I am originally from the Dallas area where I grew up with loving parents and two crazy brothers. I have always had a passion for helping others and fell in love with medicine while working volunteer rotations at Parkland Hospital in Dallas while growing up. I am so excited to see what new opportunities to help others will arise through our journey to Alaska! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to support us so that we can be the next group of riders to do our part in the fight against cancer!
Why I Ride
I ride for the Texas 4000 leadership development program in support of my grandparents who have been personally affected by cancer.
My paternal grandmother lost the fight against lymphoma in 2005. Due to the distance between our families, I rarely had the ability to see her before she passed away, and I have always felt that I was missing something by not getting the opportunity to know her throughout my childhood. I feel as if I was able to do something big, such as bike from Texas to Alaska, in her name, then I might be able to create new memories and experiences that would not only bring me closer to her but honor her memory and her resilience in the fight against cancer.
On the other side of my family, my maternal grandmother just beat breast cancer after a year of struggles that included both chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. This was extremely difficult for me as my maternal grandparents have always been a constant source of love and support and her diagnosis with cancer was the closest I have ever been to possibly losing one of the two most influential people in my life. My grandma suffered as she had the things she cared about taken away from her and was a hopelessly demoralizing experience that I hope no one has to go through. I made a personal promise to her the day I found out that she was diagnosed that I would do anything to help her through the journey to show her how much I love and support her. Now that she has beaten cancer and is in remission, I want to give her the opportunity to feel as if she has a way of fighting back against the thing that took so much of her time and energy. Texas 4000 would not only be something I could do for her but something in which she can feel involved as well. The final reason I ride for Texas 4000 is for my grandfather, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout my life, he has been one of the only constants as both my role model and a mentor. He attributed his physical health to consistent exercise and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. These are two foundations of my personality that are a direct result of his impact. I want to bike from Texas to Alaska to show him the profound impact he has had on me before his Alzheimer's worsens. I feel as if Texas 4000 is the perfect way to represent his impact on me as I have to portray things in actions rather than words. This opportunity would provide an extended period of time to show him how much he really means to me before it is too late.
I hope to have as large of an impact on Texas 4000 as I believe it can have on me and my family. I plan to do this by not only reaching the goals and precedents set for me but by exceeding them whether it is through training or fundraising. I strive to not only demonstrate the values of Texas 4000 but to act as a role model in the organization to guide others who have the same passion and determination to one-day beat cancer!