Marilyn is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University. 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?
When I was younger, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She is one of the strongest women I know, and over a decade later, she is cancer free. Years earlier, cancer had also taken away my grandmother - an incredible woman that I never got the chance to meet. Throughout my life, cancer has affected family, teachers, schoolmates, friends, and community members, sometimes cutting short the lives of some of the most amazing people I've known.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
This summer, I am biking 4000 miles because I believe that the 4K gives something irreplaceable to the cancer community - hope. Cancer affects most of our society on a daily basis, including people living with the disease, survivors, and caretakers. During the 4K, I plan on overcoming physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful challenges which will be nothing compared to what a cancer survivor overcomes. The chance to meet, interact with, and somehow give something back to the cancer community is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to dedicating my summer to these wonderful, strong people.