Riding for Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Fifty-three Longhorns will ride into Anchorage on Friday, ending a 4,600-mile odyssey to raise money for the fight against cancer. The Texas 4000 for Cancer is the longest charity bike ride in the world – and twice as long as the Tour de France.

For the past seven summers, UT students have made the journey to Alaska and raised more than $1.5 million in the process.

I think this is one of UT’s most inspiring projects. Our students stop all across the western states to make presentations about cancer prevention and visit cancer treatment facilities.

When I see our students’ passion, good will, and dedication to saving lives, I am proud to be a Longhorn.

The Texas 4000 team will be welcomed to Anchorage by the Texas Exes Anchorage Chapter. The mayor of Anchorage will proclaim August 13 “Texas 4000 Day.”

Every morning, the team members dedicate their day’s ride for someone special. It could be a family member battling cancer, a survivor they met the previous day on the road, or a caregiver who supported them in their own battle against cancer.

This year’s team has raised more than $350,000. You can follow the progress of the 2010 Sense Corp Texas 4000 at www.texas4000.org.

Go Horns!

By Bill Powers