Ethan is a sophomore at 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?
Very recently the Dean of Students at my school passed away after a long battle with cancer. James McLeod changed the face of this school and impacted the students in very profound ways. I had only gotten to know him over a few months, but those few times I could feel the impact he had upon people. Talking to friends who were close to him I could tell that their lives were changed because of this man.
My grandmother passed away from cancer when I was very young and based on what I have learned about her, I, and many others, lost out on so much as a result of this loss. Almost one out of every two people will develop cancer during their lifetime. Given the prevalence of cancer, there are so many others that have experienced the devastation that a cancer diagnosis can bring.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
Both the personal stories and those heard from afar, good and bad, I have heard about the struggle of having cancer. Every person I meet or story I hear I wish I could help in some way. When a friend of mine started the 4K this past summer and told me about her experience within the first week, I wanted to apply that very second. As rewarding of a personal experience as this will be, I will be doing my best to raise as much money as possible and make this an experience for everyone impacted by cancer.