Donate Here: bit.Ly/JawaidT4K
Dear friends and family,
In the summer of 2015, my fellow teammates of 2015 Texas 4000 and I will embark on a journey to help spread the three pillars of Texas 4000: Hope, Knowledge, Charity. We all hope for one thing, and that is to one day find the cure to cancer. This 4500-mile journey is our humble attempt at a metaphor for the fight against cancer, though no bike ride can come close to representing the struggle.
Throughout my life, there were many reasons that influenced me to join Texas 4000. One reason would be the struggle that my close friend, Raheel Momin, encountered through his fight against cancer. There are no words that can describe the impact he left behind. One thing I loved about Raheel was that he would teach me a life lesson by using quotes. One quote that has always stuck with me was: "Even through you're fed up, you gotta keep your head up." (Tupac) This quote depicts best of how he faced his battle against cancer- head on with a positive mind set. Even though Raheel passed away from his fight against his cancer, he still lives on through the countless lives he has touched.
Other reasons that motivated me to join Texas 4000 was Roshan Ali (Fighter 22). Though she passed away, she left a lasting impact on my flag football team and motivated us to play as a united team. Akil Momin also played a big factor in my reason to apply since he is an inspiration as a cancer survivor. I also would like to ride for Safin Maknojia in hope to help him through his current journey through cancer.
Texas 4000 is the longest annual charity bicycle-ride in the world. It was founded in 2003 by The University of Texas at Austin student, Chris Condit, who battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Every year since then, a new group of UT students make a 70-day bike ride to Alaska by biking more than 4,500 miles, crossing 20 states and 5 Canadian territories to help spread the awareness of cancer. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $4500, roughly a dollar for every mile. To date, Texas 4000 for Cancer has donated over $4 million to M.D. Anderson, UT Biomedical Engineering Initiatives, and LIVESTRONG support services. In our fight against cancer, we aim to provide love and hope for everyone who has been affected by cancer, and ride for those who can’t.
Every donation counts. Below is the link to my donation page. With each donation, please feel free to express who you would like me to ride for, in honor of or just to keep in mind during my journey from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. No donation is too small to help win this fight.
There are 3 ways to donate:
1) Online. Visit my rider page at bit.Ly/JawaidT4K
2) By check. Pay to the order of “Texas 4000 for Cancer” with “Jawaid Ali” in the memo/for line, and mail to:
901 S. Mopac Expressway
Barton Oaks Plaza 1, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78746
3) In person. I would love to meet you and tell you more about why I ride, and I would be honored to hear your stories.
Texas 4000 is a non profit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-513-0124