Christopher is a junior at the University of Maryland, University College. In the summer of 2013 he will be riding with a group of college-aged students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Diego, CA.
What is your connection with the cancer community?
Cancer has no prejudice, it does not discriminate, and there is no cure. Recently, I found out my uncle’s father has leukemia and at this time we don’t know which type. On top of that overwhelming stress, they also discovered he has a brain tumor. My uncle’s father is a selfless man, a good man. He was actually the one to give me my first car as a gift, something I’ll never forget.
Though all of this came to me as a shock, I had already been introduced to the fight and struggle of cancer through my best friend. My best friend’s mother had also struggled through treatment. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met and has touched my heart in ways I could never explain in words. Her bravery astounds me and I can only hope I’m as brave as her and my uncle’s father during this ride.
In the past, I’ve participated in Relay for Life and then I moved on to running marathons that raised money for cancer research. This upcoming summer, I hope to participate in the 4K for Cancer in hopes to raise awareness for the cancer community at a national level.
Why are you riding with the 4K for Cancer?
I wish to spend my summer riding a bike across America because I want to show the nation the same kindness my best friend’s mother and my uncle’s father has shown me. I want to educate and promote awareness to raise money to help find a cure. To me, 4,000 miles is nothing compared to the tumultuous trials cancer patients have to endure. I support cancer research and I ask that you help me reach my goal to raise as much money as I can throughout this journey. And with your donation the money raised goes towards supporting the initiatives of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults which includes direct patient services.
For those affected by cancer, every day is a new challenge. This cross-country ride is my challenge, it is now my fight, and it is how I choose to stand up to cancer.
Thank you everyone, including Travel Advantage Network, for supporting my cause.