Growing up, my family and I travelled back to Hong Kong to visit my grandmother. We would stay a month at a time, cohabitating my grandmother’s tiny apartment. Because the living space was cramped, she would always find an excuse to take my brother and I out of the apartment to explore the city. We would take trips with her to her favorite dim sum restaurant, where she showed us the all the different dishes and taught us how to order. We would hop between different islands, exploring the tiny fishing villages together. We would find the most repulsive pictures of each other and share them to family for laughs. Little to say, she wasn’t just my grandmother, but also my tour guide, my food buddy, and most importantly, one of my best friends.
Nine years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I saw her slowly start to succumb to a lot of the side effects of cancer treatments. Nausea and weakness meant that she would be bedridden for days. Despite this, she kept her spirits high. She would still crack jokes with me, and we would bring the dim sum to her when she could eat. Eventually, between her iron-clad will and modern medicine, her cancer had gone into remission.
My grandmother’s fight against cancer is the reason why I am part of Texas 4000. I ride to honor my grandmother and her bulletproof will. I ride to support the technological advances that have made fighting cancer possible. Most importantly, I ride for hope, hope that a cure will come so we never have to what could’ve been.