- Route: Sierra
- Ride Year: 2024
- Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
- School Year: Senior
- Major: Neuroscience, Plan II
- Email: email@example.com
Hi y'all! I'm Tanvi and I'm a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Plan II with a minor in History. I was born and raised in Flower Mound, Texas, and I love reading, paddleboarding (find me at Lady Bird Lake most Sunday mornings!), DJing at KVRX, making coffee for my friends, doing the daily crossword, and picking up new crafts (currently: knitting). I'm passionate about healthcare policy and equity, and am so, so excited be a part of the Texas 4000 team and continue in the fight against cancer!
P.S. — In the spirit of Texas 4000, I’d like to share a quote from one of my favorite books:
“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you're blue; a book to read when you're alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.” - Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Why I Ride
I ride for my grandpa, who passed away from lung cancer in 2014, when I was 12. I remember summer trips to India to visit him; playing cards at the dining table and going to the cafe down the street for breakfast. I ride for my great aunt, who passed away from breast cancer, also in 2014. I remember the henna designs she taught me, the sketch books she filled up for me to practice in. I ride for every person who wishes they had more time with their loved ones.
I ride to support those working towards a cure. No one deserves to get cancer, and no one should have to worry about finding—or affording—life-saving treatment. While we have made huge progress in the fight against cancer, there is still a long way to go. In the United States, countless patients are victims of poor healthcare infrastructure, astronomically high treatment costs, and inequities in care. Along with scientific research, breaking down these systemic barriers is vital to advancing cancer care.
I know that together with my teammates, our friends, families, and loved ones, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer. I hope to work towards a world in which healthcare is equitable and treatment is effective and available. I have seen how cancer has affected my family and friends, and believe that the future can be brighter.
I am biking to Alaska for all those who have been impacted by cancer. I ride for Texas 4000 and the impact it has on so many students, families, and communities. I would love to ride for you, too—don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your story!
To Alaska and back,