In the face of tremendous hardship, the simplest acts of kindness can make a world of difference. While receiving medical treatment in Dallas TX, the friendships I made during my stay at the Ronald Mcdonald House changed the trajectory of my life. Every person there was fighting a battle, some with rare disorders and medicals complications, while others with forms of cancer. I don’t remember all of the details about each diagnosis from the friends that I made, and honestly never asked for the details of many of them, but what I do recall most vividly is the encouragement each of them gave to me. From decorating cookies, doing puzzles, and having nerf gun wars, each memory is full of unrelenting joy. Looking back on my time receiving medical treatment in Dallas is honestly one of my most cherished memories. Though spending all day at the hospital may seem to be a memory one pushes to the back of the mind, being surrounded by these friends showed me how remarkably powerful encouragement can be in the midst of hardship.
Because I am able to choose to overcome my eating disorder, I want to make the most of how I use my physical body to do the things that I have a passion for and serve others. Because I have breath in my lungs, I want to choose to speak words of kindness and encouragement. Because I have hands, I want to lend them to serve and lift up others, and in this case, I want to use my legs to cover 4000+ miles to contribute in the fight against cancer. Because I can choose each day to nourish a strong and healthy body, I want to do what I can to return the encouragement that was offered to me.
I'm inspired by the work of Texas 4000 for Cancer and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation on the 2020 Texas 4000 Team riding from Austin to Anchorage all to support the fight against cancer. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Texas 4000, the greater the impact in the fight against cancer, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Also, if anyone in your life has been touched by cancer, I ask that you would share your story with me. I would be honored to dedicate part of my ride to you or a loved one!