Sarah is a junior at Penn State 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 Portland.
What is your connection with the cancer community?
Cancer affects everyone. Whether it be an aunt, an uncle, a friends father, a cousin, or a neighbor, cancer seems to always be there. Several of my family and dear friends have been touched by the tragedy of cancer. When I was 9 years old my father passed away from lung cancer. Most recently, my best friend Nick's father passed away from liver cancer this past May. Though it causes so much pain and suffering, cancer brings young people like us together to fight against it. For the past three years I have participated and connected to the cancer community through THON, Penn State's dance marathon that benefits those affected by pediatric cancer. I hope to strengthen my connection this summer with the 4K.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I am riding these 4000 miles across the country in honor of those I have lost, and in empowering others to fight for those who will be affected by cancer in the future. I am riding the 4K for cancer because I could not think of a better way to spend a summer. This is a once in a life time experience to unite with my peers to inspire not only ourselves, but communities across the country, to support the fight against cancer. The amazing journey we will embark on will be very challenging and I hope that my perseverance can inspire my family, friends, and community to join me in this fight.