• Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Houston, TX

About: Hi, I'm Emma! I am a fifth year Biomedical Engineering and Plan II double major from Houston, TX. I grew up traveling and spending time outdoors with my family, especially my dad, who is a cycling and paddling enthusiast. His adventurous spirit is part of the reason I was inspired to join Texas 4000. Once I graduate from UT, I will be attending ETH Zurich for a masters in energy science & technology with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in sustainable energy. Outside of class, I work as a research assistant in an energy group on campus, and in my free time, I enjoy practically any outdoors sport, playing the guitar, and cooking. I am so excited to be a part of Texas 4000's 2022 team to contribute to the fight against cancer. If you would like me to ride for someone in your life or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to send me an email!

Why I Ride

I ride in honor of those we have lost to cancer, for hope, and for increased access to cancer treatment.

I ride for my grandpa, who passed away from cancer before I was born. Growing up, I heard so many wonderful things about him--his humor, intellect, and commitment to education. I know how important he was to my family, especially my mom, so I ride in honor of him, in addition to all those we have lost to cancer.

I ride for Mrs. Potempa, the mom of one of my best friends. She was diagnosed with cancer but was fortunate enough to receive a successful treatment. In her and her family's honor, I ride for all those whose health has been jeopardized by cancer. I ride for a future in which a cancer diagnosis does not bring about stress or uncertainty, but rather a path to a known and effective cure.

I ride for increased access to healthcare, particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Access to and quality of healthcare in the treatment of cancer should not be dependent on where one lives or on how much one earns. I ride with the hope that in the future cancer treatment will be easily accessible and affordable to all those who need it.

Lastly, I ride for all my teammates and their own reasons for being part of Texas 4000. Hearing their stories, I am inspired and motivated by their strength and dedication to this cause.

To Alaska and back,