Cancer has been something that’s always been a part of my life. It’s been my past, it’s in my genes, and it’s in my future.
My elementary school principal got diagnosed, treated, and survived breast cancer when I was in fifth grade. My grandfathers on both sides passed from cancer before I got to know them. My dad had a run-in with a tumor that ended up being benign. My catty-corner neighbor who has been living there for my entire life and who was supposed to receive my hair from Brave the Shave as a wig is lost to cancer. My best friend deals with the repercussions of losing her mother to cancer every single day.
This organization has nothing to do with me. It couldn’t be less about me. I want to use Texas 4000 as a platform to do everything I possibly can against this disease. I can stand for 12 hours with Texas THON. I can shave my head and donate my hair. I can bike to Alaska. I have the blessing of good health to achieve these things and I want to use my privilege to give back to those who have lost.
Cancer isn’t fair, but it’s about a give and take, it’s about living for love and making life worth it. I ride for Stephanie, Cristina, my dad, my family, and for you reading this.
"It's not quite love and it's not quite community; it's just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together," Marina Keegan.