Kelly is a Freshman at Virginia Tech. 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?
I have never been personally affected by cancer, but through the years I have seen and heard other’s stories and could never imagine going through what some cancer patients suffer. I have also learned being a family member or friend watching a loved one go through this disease is not the easiest of tasks either. Fortunately not having to personally go through this pain, I have just been inspired to unite and aid the cancer community, in order to have happier endings and more cancer survivors instead of victims. I have decided to dedicate my ride to an individual who has immensely inspired through her experience with cancer, Caitlin Riess. Hearing her stories I know she has been through so much and deserves to be recognized for her fight. Not only has just one amazing person inspired me, but there is also a great community of fighters that I also wish to dedicate my ride too including Wilfred Schofield, Bobby McHugh, Carol Naughton, Arlene Bartelmes, Trisha Naughton, Eddie Rogers, Debbie Lieberman, Lisa Arbaugh, Lisa Pradhan, John Sullivan, Gloria Coleman and Zach Lederer.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I knew the 4k was for me when I found it combined two big aspects of my life. An active person my whole life, I have enjoyed running biking and swimming, also being involved in girl scouts, Habitat for humanity and other clubs available to help the community, the 4k fit in well. While thinking about what I could do this summer, I knew I wanted to put it to good use instead of just hanging around, I thought about volunteering or traveling, 4k allowed me to do both tasks. Spreading the word of the cancer community across the country and getting to accomplish the feat of biking across America.