Spencer graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May, 2012. This summer he is riding with a group of college students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to Seattle.
What is your connection with the cancer community?
Since then, my dad has made a full recovery. Four years later he’s back at work telling the same dorky jokes. In fact, with the exception of a few scars you might not even know he had cancer. But for me, that memory will never fade. Seeing the most important man in my life go through such a transformation has changed who I am and so I will always feel a strong personal connection with the cancer community.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
Riding the 4k will give me the opportunity to enter communities across the country that have been affected by cancer. For me, the chance to cook for, socialize with, and bring some cheer to the lives of cancer patients is invaluable. I’m looking forward to letting patients know that there are many dedicated people supporting them who they might not have known were there. Finally, by riding more than 4000 miles over 70 days, I hope to gain a better understanding of the strength and endurance that is required from patients with cancer. I’ve seen firsthand the toll chemotherapy took on my dad. While cycling across the United States isn’t comparable to what he went through, at the end of the ride I will know that I have made a substantial contribution to people affected by cancer.