- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2021
- Hometown: Dripping Springs, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: B.S. Environmental Science
About: Hi there! My name is Avery. I've lived right at the "Gateway to the Texas Hill Country" since 2007. Now, I am a senior environmental science major on the biology track. I have a passion for language learning, cooking delicious tofu, naturalism, and camping. Ask me about how I'm incorporating equity for all in Texas 4000, and follow my Texas 4000 Instagram @avery_t4k for updates as I bike 4000 miles to Alaska!
Why I Ride
When I joined Texas 4000, I didn't really know why I rode. I had hoped to do something in honor of my community who had supported me throughout my life, and while this remains true, I always felt like it could be something more.
Both cycling and nonprofit work are largely inaccessible to black and brown, as well as low-income individuals. This includes UT students who are are affected by cancer and who would like to join Texas 4000, but are unable to due to financial or time constraints. I've devoted much of my time in Texas 4000 starting the work that will someday allow all qualified UT students to bike to Alaska and fight cancer if they choose, and I will not stop that work as long as I am with this organization. Systemic inequality, unlike cancer, does discriminate. It's all of our jobs to fight injustice where it shows up in our own lives and organizations.
It's an honor and a privilege not only to be selected for this incredible team, but to get to fight for those affected by cancer who would otherwise not get to ride with us.
"Equality is leaving the door open for anyone who has the means to approach it; equity is ensuring there is a pathway to that door for those who need it."
Maybe not to Alaska, but always back,