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My Rider Profile:
In the Summer of 2015, along with 98 other UT students, I will be embarking on a 70 day bike ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, Alaska with one mission in mind: To spread hope and knowledge in the fight against cancer.
WHAT IS TEXAS 4000:
Texas 4000 is a the longest annual charity bike ride in the World. Founded in 2004 by Chris Condit whom battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, this bike ride was created with one goal in mind: to spread hope, knowledge, and charity all over the nation in a battle against cancer.
Texas 4000 supports initiatives at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas Biomedical Engineering Department, and survivorship programs at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center. In addition to funding these research opportunities, a portion of funds donated go to supporting the Texas 4000 program and our mission to spread Hope, Knowledge, and Charity from Texas to Alaska. Texas 4000 has raised over $4 million since its creation in 2003.
On this 70 day bike ride we will stop in hundreds of cities in order to help educate the public about cancer and the impact it has had on so many people's lives. We are there to hear people's stories, celebrate their life and help provide support in their fight.
MY RIDE DEDICATION:
I want to dedicate each mile of my ride to the children who have lost a parent because of cancer. I have been fortunate to have both a mother and father in my life that constantly inspire me to work harder, reach further, and push past limits. There are thousands upon thousands of children and teenagers out there who have known this exact kind of love until cancer stole it from them.
I am riding so that someday no child will have to hold the hand of their dying mother at the hospital. I ride for the child who believes their Dad is superman until the kryptonite of Cancer takes his life. I ride for the children who are forced to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities no child should have to uphold. These children's strength and positivity in the face of adversity is what inspires me and pushes me to make the 4,500 mile ride.
I will never know what the future holds, but I hope that with programs such as Texas 4000 children can have a mother who is there to braid their hair, drive them to soccer, and help them set up lemonade stands every summer. I hope children have a father who is there to give them piggy back rides, teach them how to ride a bike and grill the boys who ask their daughters on dates. I ride for the future of cancer research and everybody who has been, is, or will be affected by cancer.
HELP JOIN THE FIGHT:
-Any donation can help in reaching me $5000 goal. No amount is too small and everything is appreciated.
-Texas 4000 is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meaning all donations are 100% tax deductible.
1. My personal donation site:
2. Send a check
You can send a check made out to "Texas 4000 for Cancer" with "Kara Adkins" written in the memo line. This can be sent to:
901 S. Mopac Expressway,
Barton Oaks Plaza 1,Suite 300,
Austin, TX 78746
If you would like to share your story or have any questions for me you can contact me at: