Alice is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In the summer of 2012 she 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?
While I have been fortunate enough to not have been directly affected by cancer, I have volunteered and worked with many cancer patients, survivors, and their families. The impact that cancer has on a person and their family is devastating, and yet I know those affected are some of the strongest people I know. I have devoted nearly 9 years of volunteering to a local nursing home and have also volunteered in the emergency department and oncology department in St. Agnes Hospital of Baltimore. I have discovered through my volunteer experiences that sometimes what a patient needs the most is just to feel love and support. I hope to bring the love and support to the cancer community as we visit hospitals and others affected by cancer along the ride.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I am riding for the 4K for Cancer to prove that nothing is impossible and there are no limits to what you can accomplish or overcome. Every mile that we ride represents being closer to a cure. Every mountain we ascend represents the obstacles that cancer patients and their families face, and every mountain we descend represents overcoming the obstacle. I also want the patients and families to know that they are not alone in this fight and that we, as riders, are not only fundraising for the cause, but putting our hearts into the ride. I hope to inspire people to join the cause and also inspire those affected to never give up hope.