- Route: Ozarks
- Ride Year: 2023
- Hometown: Decatur, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Supply Chain Management
- Email: email@example.com
Hello!! So glad you're here!
My name is Elizabeth Warren (yes, really-- send the jokes on over), and I'm a senior at UT studying Supply Chain Management and completing a certificate in the Business of Healthcare. My long-term goal is to work either in the food supply chain to improve quality and accessibility or to work in healthcare operations to improve the value of care and patient outcomes. Or both!
I grew up in a small town called Decatur in North Texas. I love being outside as much as possible, petting all the dogs I see, and drinking coffee with friends. Before Texas 4000, I was also on Texas Crew, UT's club rowing team! In the fall of 2021, I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, and I love traveling and exploring. Reach out to go hiking, share new music, or give a book recommendation!
You can also follow @warren2alaska on Instagram to see T4K updates and pictures over the next year!
Why I Ride
Riding your bike to Alaska tends to raise some eyebrows. People think you're crazy and wonder why you would do such a thing, then you get the pleasure of telling them that you ride to fight cancer for the people that you love. I believe that at best, humans are storytellers, and at worst, we just don't tell our stories. I believe that storytelling is singlehandedly the most beautiful thing this world has to offer, and I ride to carry the stories of people I know and people I will meet 4000 miles to Alaska.
My aunt, Marianne Pike, passed away from breast cancer in January of 2016 after rigorous treatments for over a year and a half. (Aunt) Mari was the human embodiment of living joyfully, and I see little pieces of her everywhere-- in the rosemary that grows in my mother's yard, in the mozzarella at Central Market, in the color of the house down the street that I think of as "Aunt Mari Green". When she passed, I felt real grief for the first time, losing the aunt that I had grown up with and looked up to in so many ways. At her memorial, I realized just how many people each of us impacts, meeting people I had never seen and hearing stories about her that I didn't know. My aunt may have lost the fight, but the amazing doctors, nurses, radiologists, oncologists, and people in the community that supported her gave me hope for the future of cancer. As in, eventually there won't be a future with cancer.
Every story we share, dollar we raise, and person we get to interact with gives us an advantage in the fight. Whether those experiences help a person get tested and catch cancer early on, give an organization funds towards a research project, or show a family that we are fighting with them, they help us beat cancer just a little bit more.
I ride for my aunt, my family, and my friends. I ride for the medical community that fights alongside patients every day and the people who devote their lives to fighting cancer. I ride because I have a body capable of biking to Alaska and I ride to carry stories across the continent. I would be honored to ride for someone you love and to carry their story too, so please do not hesitate to reach out. I would love to hear your story.