Sunday, May 31, 2015

Alex's Texas 4000 Journey Begins!


Last year I wrote about Alex being a part of the University of Texas at Austin's Texas 4000 program. He and the rest of the Texas 4000 team will be biking from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska in order to raise money for cancer research. Every year, UT selects about 75 students to participate in the 18-month program to encourage the next generation in taking a lead for the fight against cancer. The program empowers the students to raise at least $4500, ride 1500 training miles with their team, volunteer over 50 hours in their community, and play an active role in planning their ride to Alaska by attending weekly meetings and taking on leadership roles within the team. The 75 students are split into 3 smaller teams that each take on different routes. Alex was selected as the Ride Director of his route!

Yesterday was Day 1 of his 70 day, 4700 mile journey. In the morning, the 2015 Texas 4000 team, previous teams, family members, friends, and supporters participated in the Atlas ride by biking 25, 50, or 75 miles. Afterwards, they had a BBQ to send everyone off and it was such a pleasure to meet his teammates and mentors. Each person that I met had so many kind things to say about Alex, and it made me feel so proud. Even though he is younger than me, he is one of my biggest role models. I am lucky to have such an amazing brother!

If you'd like to follow Alex along the way, send him some words of encouragement, or help him reach his goal, you can visit his website here. And my PSA... please be careful and watch out for bikers! Take caution when you're driving behind or passing them and remember to share the road.



Alex - I am so proud of you and so proud to be your sister. I will miss you tons! Have fun! Be safe! And we'll see you in Alaska in August!

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