Elizabeth Warren

Fundraising for Texas 4000

Fundraising for Texas 4000 For Cancer
raised of US$8,000 target
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In memory of Marianne Pike
2023 Team Fundraising
Campaign by Texas 4000 For Cancer (RCN 200371876)
2023 Team Fundraising


Riding your bike to Alaska tends to raise some eyebrows. People think you're crazy and wonder why you would do such a thing, then you get the pleasure of telling them that you ride to fight cancer for the people that you love. I believe that at best, humans are storytellers, and at worst, we just don't tell our stories. I believe that storytelling is singlehandedly the most beautiful thing this world has to offer, and I ride to carry the stories of people I know and people I will meet 4000 miles to Alaska.

My aunt, Marianne Pike, passed away from breast cancer in January of 2016 after rigorous treatments for over a year and a half. (Aunt) Mari was the human embodiment of living joyfully, and I see little pieces of her everywhere-- in the rosemary that grows in my mother's yard, in the mozzarella at Central Market, in the color of the house down the street that I think of as "Aunt Mari Green". When she passed, I felt real grief for the first time, losing the aunt that I had grown up with and looked up to in so many ways. At her memorial, I realized just how many people each of us impacts, meeting people I had never seen and hearing stories about her that I didn't know. My aunt may have lost the fight, but the amazing doctors, nurses, radiologists, oncologists, and people in the community that supported her gave me hope for the future of cancer. As in, eventually there won't be a future with cancer.

Every story we share, dollar we raise, and person we get to interact with gives us an advantage in the fight. Whether those experiences help a person get tested and catch cancer early on, give an organization funds towards a research project, or show a family that we are fighting with them, they help us beat cancer just a little bit more.

I ride for my aunt, my family, and my friends. I ride for the medical community that fights alongside patients every day and the people who devote their lives to fighting cancer. I ride because I have a body capable of biking to Alaska and I ride to carry stories across the continent. I would be honored to ride for someone you love and to carry their story too, so please do not hesitate to reach out. I would love to hear your story.

About the campaign

2023 Team Fundraising

About the charity

Texas 4000’s mission is to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. We share hope, knowledge and charity through leadership development, grantmaking, and our cornerstone event, a 4,000+ mile bike ride from Austin to Anchorage.

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