Alex is a sophomore at the Washington University in St. Louis. In the summer of 2012 he is riding with a group of college students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco.
What is your connection with the cancer community?
When I was in eighth grade my grandpa Clark died of end stage leukemia. Although it was a process of a couple of weeks, it seemed very sudden for me at a young age and simply due to the fact that someone so close had passed away. I have always wondered what would have happened if his leukemia had been caught a little bit earlier, and so I have dedicated my studies in school to either biomedical research or to medicine in an attempt to be an aid to the cancer community later in my life and hopefully give a grandson a few more years with someone he closely loved.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I am riding for my grandfather; I am riding for all of those who suffer from cancer and all of those who will suffer from cancer in the future. I am riding to motivate myself through all of those who has had to deal with this illness in any shape or form. Although I hope to do research at some point in my life in the cancer field, I do not have the skill set at the moment to do that and so I ride to dedicate my time and the money I can raise right now to the cancer field.