Texas 4000 for Cancer to ride through Stevens Point on July 5
For the Gazette
AUSTIN, TX — The Texas 4000 for Cancer 2022 team of more than 45 students from The University of Texas at Austin will return to Alaska for the first time in three years as they pedal through 20 states throughout the U.S. and Canada. The group will pass through Stevens Point on July 5.
The team will ride more than 4,000 miles over the course of 70-days starting on June 3th with the mission of fighting cancer by sharing hope, knowledge, and charity in hundreds of communities along two routes — Sierra and Ozarks.
“With the significant drop in preventative cancer screenings seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Texas 4000 for Cancer is even more focused on spreading our cancer awareness and prevention message as the 2022 team rides across North America this summer,” said Scott Crews, Texas 4000 Executive Director. “While the team shares hope by riding for those touched by cancer and charity through our donations to cancer research and support services, we believe spreading knowledge on cancer prevention will help increase preventative cancer screening numbers and save people’s lives.”
“The Texas 4000 team is another group of extraordinary young women and men who are tremendously dedicated to the mission of fighting cancer,” said Keith Boettiger, vice president of Abbott’s heart failure business, who sponsors the group. “Their leadership and commitment to spreading cancer prevention education throughout the United States is impressive. Like Texas 4000, Abbott believes that cutting edge innovation alone is not enough to tackle preventable diseases. We are proud to support the mission of Texas 4000 for Cancer to expand access to cancer prevention education.”
For 19 years, Texas 4000 for Cancer has cultivated student leaders and engaged communities in the fight against cancer through a 4,000-mile bike ride. Prior to the summer ride, students begin an 18-month leadership development program, preparing their bodies, their minds and their hearts for this mission, which culminates in this life-changing journey. Collectively, riders have helped raise nearly $13M dollars, pedaled more than 5.7 million collective miles and impacted countless lives.
“These students spent almost two years working to fight against cancer, and we are proud to see them embark upon this 70-day journey and engage with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and supporters,” said Chris Brubaker, Chair of the Texas 4000 Board of Directors, who is also a 2015 Texas 4000 alum. “We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Abbott and support from our sponsors and host families who welcome riders into their communities throughout the summer ride. Without this generosity our ride would not be possible.”
To view the route, visit texas4000.org.