Zachary is a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In the summer of 2012 he 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?
Sadly, as with many people nowadays, I have deep roots within the cancer community. Many of my relatives have been affected by this dreadful diagnosis- from grandparents to aunts I have seen first hand what cancer can do. More recently however, a close relative of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, it was caught quickly and she is a very strong woman, so I am very confident in her beating it. I'm very thankful for that, however I know that many people aren't so lucky. Those people that I know who have been affected by cancer showed me the true perseverance of the human spirit and the strength within us all. I truly hope that within the near future we will be able to cure cancer, but in the mean time I also wish to help those who are affected by cancer every day.
Why are you riding the 4K for Cancer?
I want to ride for many different reasons. Some of which are: To help others, to test and prove myself, to push myself beyond my limits and to see America for what it really is. As discussed in the previous essay question, I have personal connections with Cancer. On top of that, I'm an extremely active person and I love the outdoors. I have mountain biked my state forest inside and out since I was 12 and know every trail and path. I also rock climb, cliff dive, snowboard and skateboard, as you can see I love pushing my limits and testing myself. On top of that, I love travelling. Recently, i went to Panama on a community works project and enjoyed helping out immensely. The experience was truly awakening- and humbling. I hope to gain connections that will last a life time along with helping others and broadening my perspective on our great country.