Hello! My name is Katherine Anne and I'm a senior at the University of Texas at Austin. I'm majoring in Computational Engineering, Plan II and French, and I love Jesus, my family, playing the piano, skiing and baseball. My life has been marked by a series of events that brought the ugliness of cancer to the forefront of my mind. I always knew cancer was ugly. It took my grandmother before I was born, and affected the remarkable step-grandmother who loved me in her place. When I was fifteen, I spent ten days as the only cancer-free patient on the oncology floor at Children's Hospital in Dallas. I saw kids my age who had moved in for the long haul, fighting a monster too vicious for me to comprehend. When I was seventeen, I read "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee and was exposed to the evolution of cancer prevention and treatment from ancient Egypt to today. But the most impressive event of all was a phone call I received in January of 2017, when my mom told me she had been diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly, the helplessness of the kids from Children's and millennia of cancer diagnoses was on my shoulders. And there was nothing I could do.
I have no aptitude for entering the medical field, but I still want to stop this disease from leaving daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives helpless at the turn of a diagnosis like I was. I'm biking to fight that despair. I'm biking to celebrate my mom's recovery, and my grandmother's life. I'm biking to support others still fighting, and the incredible researchers, doctors, and nurses helping them every step of the way. I'd like your support, but more than that I would love to ride in honor or memory of anyone you know that has battled cancer or supported someone through their fight. Feel free to text or call me anytime :) 903.306.9434