Alanna is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering University where she is studying mechanical engineering. In the summer of 2011 she is riding with a group of college students on a 70 day, 4000 mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco. Money raised by our riders goes to support 4K for Cancer's mission of spreading awareness, fostering hope and uniting communities across the county in the fight against cancer. We do this through cancer education programs, health screenings and by visiting cancer patients at hospitals, cancer centers and hospices each day during the ride. 4K also gives financial support to local, cancer centric non-profits in the communities we bike through.
I consider myself blessed that when I think of cancer I don’t have my own personal story. However, I’ve watched as close friends and family members have lost their children/parents/siblings to cancer. Even as years pass, the memory of what they had to go through doesn’t fade. I hope that my participation in the 4K will prevent others from having to go through this pain, and help those that are already going through it to have an easier time.
I’ve had many friends do the 4K in the past and every single one talks about what a life changing experience it was. I’ve wanted to participate in the 4K for a while, and am so excited that I’m finally getting the chance to be a part of this great cause. I think this is a great way to give back after my time at Hopkins, and I am really looking forward to both the challenges and the great memories that this trip will provide.
Please help support my ride as I bike 4000 miles to San Francisco this summer to raise money and awareness for cancer patients, survivors, and their families.