Hello hello! I'm Audrey and I'm so excited you're here! I'm a freshman at UT, a born-and-raised Austinite, and a caffeine addict, among other things. In high school, I swore I was getting as far away from Austin as possible for college, but I ended up having a change of heart and now that I'm here at UT, there's absolutely no place I'd rather be. My freshman year has been full of fun adventures, exciting academic opportunities, and so many new friendships with people who inspire me every day! I'm also very lucky to have my younger siblings, parents, cousins, aunt, and grandma all in Austin.
At UT, I study Plan II and Arabic. Eventually the dream is to get to work on the policy or advocacy side of immigration issues. I've been fortunate to have been involved with the refugee community in Austin both in high school and college, and I currently mentor a refugee student from Iraq and am a member of the Liberal Arts Refugee Alliance on campus. I'm also involved in a local church, a yoga exchange program, Tri Delta, and of course... Texas 4000!!!
Why I Ride:
I ride for the Robert family, as Cody continues to fight childhood leukemia through his remission period.
I ride for my friend Lindsay Leach and her family. Her dad is currently in remission from stage four melanoma, yet continues to fight through the long term side effects of the treatments. Lindsay's steadfastness and loyalty even as her family has gone through all of the difficulties that cancer presents, inspires me to ride to Alaska.
I ride for my aunt Stacey, who lost her mother to aggressive ovarian cancer. Aunt Stacey made the courageous and difficult choice to have preventative surgery when she discovered she was a carrier for the BRCA gene. The strength that my aunt has shown through her surgeries, all while never missing a beat as a dedicated wife, mother and businesswoman, motivates me to ride to Alaska.
Finally, I ride for the Preston family. Emma, one of my dearest friends, lost her mom to metastatic breast cancer this past summer. Mrs. Preston left behind a legacy as an incredible educator, traveler, believer, friend, and mother. I can not imagine a better way to honor and celebrate Mrs. Preston's legacy- her love of travel and adventure, her passion for education, her ability to encourage vulnerability in others- than by participating in Texas 4000, raising money to help fight cancer, educating myself and others about cancer prevention, and ultimately… by fearlessly venturing across the continent on my bike to spread the messages of hope, knowledge, and charity.