At the beginning of summer 2015, I will be setting out from Austin on a bike ride to Anchorage, Alaska, along with almost a hundred of my fellow longhorns. 4500 miles and 70 days later, we will have traversed twenty states and five Canadian territories and traveled a distance over twice that of the Tour de France, all for once purpose: to fight cancer.
Cancer is a disease that has affected my family quite extensively. From my grandma and my great aunt, to my cousins and our family friends, we are no strangers to the pain that cancer brings. The helplessness of having to watch someone you love endure such pain is excruciating – and that’s only our part as loved ones. What they actually endure every day is even worse. When I heard about Texas 4000, I realized it was an opportunity to fight back, to do something about the disease that has hurt so much of my family. As part of this team, I will get to help spread Hope, Knowledge, and Charity across the entirety of North America.
We spread Hope by demonstrating to the people we will meet along the way, and anyone else affected by cancer, that they are not alone and that we are determined to eradicate the disease. We spread Knowledge by holding over sixty programs and presentations along our routes, providing potentially life-saving information about cancer prevention and research to communities both large and small. And we spread Charity by committing ourselves to support cancer research and taking the charge to fight cancer.
In the year leading up to the ride itself, I am required to ride at least 1,500 training miles, participate in community service, and raise a minimum of $4,500 to be donated to cancer research. Since its inception in 2003, Texas 4000 riders have raised over $3 million for cancer research, which goes to supporting cutting-edge initiatives at places like M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Biomedical Engineering Department.
Through all of these things, I’m excited to become a better cancer-fighter and to help support those who are afflicted. I look forward to hearing peoples’ experiences firsthand and learning their stories, because everybody has one – and no one’s should end with cancer. I’m hoping that by participating in Texas 4000, I can play some small part in achieving that end.
Please consider supporting me in my effort to fight back against cancer and to spread hope, knowledge, and charity. I can’t do it without your help, and we at Texas 4000 give every dollar you donate a voice. Every dollar is also tax deductible, which is pretty cool.
If you’d like to donate, you can do so online at http://tinyurl.com/collinsnyder or by sending a physical check to
901 S. Mopac Expressway
Building 1, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78746
If you’re sending a check, please make it out to “Texas 4000 for Cancer” and write my name (Collin Snyder) on the memo line.
Whether or not you are able to donate, if you want to share your story with me, I would love nothing more than to listen, and even dedicate a ride to you or someone you know who has been affected by cancer. I’ve always had a passion for stories (it’s a big part of why I wanted to join Texas 4000) and to hear yours and carry it with me across North America would be an incredible honor.
Finally, if you have any questions about me, my ride, Texas 4000, donating, or anything really (except math, I can’t help you there), don’t hesitate to get in touch! I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out my rider profile here: http://www.texas4000.org/rider/2015/unassigned/collin-snyder/
For more information about Texas 4000 as an organization: http://www.texas4000.org