A unique group of U.S. students from The University of Texas at Austin embarked on an incredible cycling journey from Austin to Anchorage earlier this summer and has donated $9,000 towards indigenous cancer care.
The group, called Texas 4000 for Cancer, takes on the 70-day cycling journey annually and their generous donation was inspired by a community they rode through last year in northern B.C.
The first-ever gift to indigenous cancer support at BC Cancer – Prince George, their gift will support a comfort fund for indigenous patients, survivorship booklets and elder involvement at both the Prince George centre and BC Cancer – Vancouver.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Texas 4000 for Cancer team,” says Warren Clarmont, provincial director, Indigenous Cancer Control at BC Cancer. “Their generosity will help make a difference for Indigenous patients and their families facing a cancer diagnosis.”
For the Texas 4000 for Cancer team, supporting cancer research and care is a cause they are closely connected to.
“We strive to spread hope, knowledge, and charity,” says Alyssa Schmidt, team member of Texas 4000 for Cancer. “Cancer affects too many of us, and we are proud to do what we can to help.”
Their gift adds to a long history of support in Prince George from the cycling community. The Prince George-based Wheelin’ Warriors of the North will be participating in their seventh Ride to Conquer Cancer event this year, and has raised more than $750,000 to provide new hope to families facing a cancer diagnosis in the community.
You can learn more about the Texas 4000 for Cancer by visiting https://www.texas4000.org/
For more on the Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit www.conquercancer.ca