- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2022
- Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Houston, TX
- School Year: Junior
- Major: Nursing
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello there! My name is Huy Le (he/him), and I'm a third-year nursing student! I come from Viet Nam 🇻🇳 as an international student, but I also call Houston my hometown as well. During my free time, you can catch me trying out new coffee places and food vendors in ATX, brewing Vietnamese coffee, going to museums & art shows, and learning about health equity.
I hope to work in public and global health one day, particularly about mental health, urban design, resilience, and health policies! Perhaps on the side, I might open a small coffee shop as well.
Don't hesitate to reach out to me via email, or setting up Zoom "dates"! I would love to learn how I can dedicate the ride for you or your loved ones, or if you just want to chat!
Thank you so much for your time and support on this journey against cancer!
Why I Ride
Cancer research has rapidly advanced through a deeper understanding of molecular biology, from genetics to the immune system. However, cost remains a large barrier for individuals to seek screening and appropriate treatments, specifically for rural communities and low-income households without insurance. Prevention and raising awareness about signs of cancer can help improve quality of life. Texas 4000 champions both in providing support for research and connecting with communities along the way. Texas 4000 gives me an opportunity to look beyond myself, share the impacts of cancer, and work together for a larger cause - spreading hope where the process can be muzzled and scary.
Therefore, I hope to dedicate my journey for my relative who has undergone arduous cancer treatment yet still maintained a hope for better future, for cancer survivors who have shown resilience and that cancers can be defeated, for families that have lost their loved ones due to cancers, for individuals who have experienced high levels of childhood trauma that are now at increased risk for cancers, for communities that have been unjustly affected by the environments and systems but still fiercely advocating for changes, for individuals who do not have the capabilities to pay and access screenings and care, for research scientists that continuously strive for better treatments and prevention methods, and for activists who are advocating for inclusive health policies. Through Texas 4000, I can experience the metaphorically long, painful, yet hopeful road of combating cancer, fundraise for initiatives and research, learn from communities and each other, grow as an individual, advocate for prevention, and be with my aunt in spirit every mile of the way.
To Alaska and back 🚴♂️,