Tyler Stocksdale is a senior at UMBC. In the summer of 2014 he is riding with a group of college-aged students on a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Diego.
What is your connection to the Cancer Community?
While my family and relatives have been fortunate enough not to have been diagnosed with cancer, I know many friends and family of friends who have been affected by this disease. I've seen the shock of diagnosis, the fear of the fight ahead, the sadness of losing a loved one, the joy of surviving, and sometimes, the agony of a second diagnosis. Cancer is a physically and emotionally draining disease, not only for the one who is diagnosed, but also for friends and family members surrounding that individual.
Why are you traveling over 4000 miles this summer with the 4K?
The first thing that attracted me to the 4K was the fact that I would be given the opportunity to travel across the country using only my own energy and power. To me, that in itself is a feat worth accomplishing. More importantly though, I would be given the opportunity to help those suffering with cancer. I've watched the emotions of friends and their families as they are affected by cancer, and I feel as though there needs to be less fear of fighting the disease, less sorrow from losing loved ones, and more joy because of survival. My participation in the 4K will involve some physical and emotional hardships, but this is nothing compared to what people affected by cancer have to go through.