About Me


  • Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2024
  • Hometown: Austin, TX

About: Hello there! My name is Carolina Arellano. Thank you for taking the time to view my profile! I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and I am a Senior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently studying International Relations and Global Studies and Government. My love for traveling and meeting new people is what drew me to study IRG. I hope to use this degree to pursue peaceful, democratic solutions to issues of national security concerning Latin America. I am also pursuing a Minor in French Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies! With this academic experience, I plan to attend law school back at UT Austin.

In my free time, you can find me cycling around Austin, pouring over the latest news on Latin American politics, or building the latest Lego Star Wars set.

Why I Ride

I ride for all of my family and friends who have passed away from or been affected by cancer. I ride especially for my grandmother, who died of lung cancer in 2008. She was somebody who I always kept close to my heart. Her light was warm, and she always inspired everybody around her. There was never a dull moment when I was with her. She was dedicated to helping her local community in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and when she moved to Brownsville, Texas, she was equally dedicated. My grandmother, or Abuelita Nani, as I called her, eventually volunteered with the Red Cross by helping migrants who crossed the US-Mexico border. She provided them with clothes and other essential supplies they needed to survive. With her mission and dedication to human rights, I ride for and hope to carry with me to Alaska.

As I embark on this 70-day, 4,500-mile journey across the United States and Canada, I hope to carry the stories of all the people I've lost to cancer and inspire others by educating communities on cancer awareness, prevention, and early detection.

As a rider with Texas 4000 for Cancer, we are responsible for raising at least $4,500. That's one dollar for every mile ridden. As I write this, it may seem impossible, but I can make it happen with your support.

I would greatly appreciate any amount that you can contribute to our cause. Please reach out to me if I can ride for you, a family member, a friend, or somebody you know. Thank you for reading, and I cannot wait to embark on this incredible journey with such an inspiring group of people.