Alex is a junior at Frostburg State University. 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 Portland.
What is your connection with the cancer community?
I learned of cancer at a young age. My memories of Mrs. McFarland, a friend of my mothers, are of a loving woman. She always thought of me and my family. She battled cancer for many years with a positive outlook and spirit. My grandmother fought cancer many times and received much support from my family and extended family. When she passed, our family was dramatically affected. We all felt that we were connected through her in a way. We fought alongside her and when we learned that she could no longer fight, we helped her for the last painful year. Her loss prompted my aunts to seek preventative treatment, and have ultimately made our family more aware of cancer and the cancer community. Each year, Frostburg State University hosts the Relay for Life Walk, which I have attended in my freshmen year and plan to attend again this year.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I'm biking 4000+ miles as a dedication to the many people I know and love. The ride will represent the struggle that cancer patients endure and how challenges can be faced and overcome with enough determination and courage. I hope that I can inspire friends and family and engage them in the fight against cancer.