Jamie Roberts is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland. In the summer of 2014 she is traveling with a group of college students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to Portland.
What is your connection to the Cancer Community?
My grandfather died of lung cancer when I was in middle school, which is crazy to think was already over 10 years ago. I will be dedicating my ride to a teammate of mine from St. Mary’s whose life has been drastically affected by cancer in the past three years. As a freshman in college, her dad was diagnosed with Melanoma and had surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. Last February, her mom also had to have surgery as she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She finished treatment this past September and I’m excited to share that both parents are now living cancer free!
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the 4K?
Ever since I watched two of my friends finish the inagural 4K Run last summer in Baltimore, I knew I wanted to join the 4K family. I was so inspired by their journey and stories that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I hope to fulfill the 4K mission to spread awareness of young adults fighting cancer and look forward to meeting people across the country in the cancer community to share stories and build hope everywhere we travel. I hope that through my fundraising and the ride itself that I can help raise awareness and make a difference in someone's life. I would love nothing more than to inspire someone else in the same way that I was inspired by witnessing the 4K finish in person.
As a 'retired' college athlete, I am excited to face what will undoubtedly be the most difficult physical challenge of my life. I love to travel and I have a hard time saying no to adventures!