Profile

  • Route: Smoky-mountains
  • Ride Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Kingwood, TX

About: Hi, thanks for visiting my page and learning more about why I ride! My name is Lindsey Ferris and I am a senior here at UT Austin. I am studying English honors and linguistics with a certificate in creative writing. I am passionate about helping people get their story out and making sure all voices are heard. After graduation I plan to go into the Publishing industry to accomplish this goal.

Outside of class, I’ve been a part of Texas Spirits and Longhorn Singers since my freshman year. I also have written for Hot House Literary Magazine and The Daily Texan. I’ve been so lucky to find a home on the forty acres with these organizations and Texas 4000.

I am from just north of Houston in Kingwood, Texas. In my free time I love to read, sing and eat copious amounts of chocolate.

If your life has been affected by cancer, I'd love to hear your story and dedicate my ride to you and your family. Please feel free to reach out to me at lindseyferris@utexas.edu .

I’m so proud to be a part of this team and start the journey to Alaska, every mile for the fight against cancer.

Here's a link to buy a shirt I've created to help fundraise money for our ride! https://bit.ly/lindseyT4Kshirt

Why I Ride

I don’t remember when I first learned about cancer; it’s a word that has always floated on the outskirts of life, brought up occasionally, causing voices to quiet and faces to grow somber. The first time cancer truly impacted my life was when I was in middle school and my Grandma was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. I did not understand the seriousness of what stage four meant until she was hospitalized. She fought hard and every step of the battle she made was with the strength of her family supporting her. Her Husband, seven kids with their significant others, eight grandkids, and every single person she had met in her long and adventurous life. She was a flame that burned bright, not even cancer could dim her light. Now, our family continues to hold up her torch. I ride for my grandma and I ride for every person affected by her loss.

Cancer takes away so many lives, memories yet to be made, and stories not yet completed. I ride for everyone that cancer takes a toll on. I ride in memory of those we’ve lost and those who have won their fight. I ride for the people left behind when a loved one leaves too soon. I ride so that one day no has to fear losing their mom, grandma, dad, grandpa, sister, brother, or friend. I ride to unite with others in the common fight against cancer. I ride to try my best to help make a difference.

Please join me in fighting cancer every mile!

I began Texas 4000 with the plan to carry my affected family and friends in my heart from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska but my list of who I ride for gets longer every day. I ride for my teammates and their stories, and I ride for you and anyone in your life who has fought cancer. We dedicate every meeting, training session, and ride day to someone affected by cancer, so please share your stories with me by emailing lindseyferris@utexas.edu. Your story and every story matters; I would love to honor you or someone you know on my ride.

A Growing List of People I Ride For:
Grandma, Uncle Chris, Aunt Becke, Oralee Walker, Uncle Joe and all the Ferris’
Papa and all the Elys
Jayme and her sister Christy
Uncle Bruce, and his brother and father
Great x2 Grandma, Mam Mam and her sister
Vicki
Carolina and her Dad
Lous who fought five different cancers and is now cancer free
Vernon Flores
Adrienne
Valerie Allen
Ruthy
Breanna Bercegeay, Kaylee Woest, and all of their family
Iris Colindres and the Pollock family
Nova who beat breast cancer
Rachel Belcher and her Dad
Pam and her best friend who is a breast cancer survivor
The Erington family who lost Jane Erington and Andrew Poris
Lezzlie and her Dad, Rusty
Phyllis who has beat multiple cancers and continues to fight
Donna Coates