Profile

  • Route: Rockies
  • Ride Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Trophy Club, Texas

About: Hi everyone! My name is McKay Dendy and I’m a senior Exercise Science major here at UT. I am also completing the Pre-Health Professions certificate, with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis, as my goal is to attend veterinary school after the ride. I have a dog, a bull terrier named Nala (yes, she’s named after The Lion King). I love to take her on walks, or try out a new Austin coffee shop with her and my boyfriend. In my (very limited) free time, I love reading books, cooking, going to sporting events, volunteering, running, or just exploring around this wonderful city I call home. I am currently working as a Veterinary Technician and I absolutely love my job. I am so passionate about life and cannot wait to see what God has in store for me throughout this journey in Texas 4000.

Why I Ride

I ride to take advantage of my health. All too often, we take our healthy bodies for granted – something those with cancer wish they could still do. It is so important to remember every day that our bodies are SO incredible, and the next day with an able one is never guaranteed. The fact that I am healthy enough to train for and bike from Texas to Alaska for this incredible cause is reason enough for me to do so. Texas 4000 provides me with a way to take action and not just stand by while cancer continues to rob people of their lives and loved ones.

I am so fortunate to have never lost someone close to me to cancer, yet I still felt a calling to join Texas 4000. I want to give a voice to those who cannot speak, and I want to give action to those who cannot move. I ride for those who feel powerless to this daunting, terrible disease. If I can give power and meaning to just one person who’s been impacted by cancer, then my entire Texas 4000 journey would be worth it.

Finally, and arguably most important, I ride for hope - hope for a future without cancer. Hope is one of the three pillars of Texas 4000, and the one I resonate with the most. Without true hope, this journey would mean nothing.

I would love nothing more than to ride for your loved ones, so please reach out to me with their names and stories to keep in my heart throughout this journey. Keep fighting the good fight.

To Alaska and back,
McKay