AUSTIN, Texas – August 15, 2013 – Oak Harbor native Ver Andrew Starr and his team of 69 cancer fighters cycled over 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska this summer with Texas 4000, a cancer fighting student organization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Starr, a graduate of the Oak Harbor High School Wildcat class of 2010, has finished up his third year working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas. He left with 68 other students on a 70-day bicycle ride across North America in order to raise funds, spread knowledge, and harbor hope in the fight against cancer. The students embarked on their journey on June 1 across three different routes, Sierra, Rockies, and Ozarks, and arrived in Anchorage on August 9. Each student was required to raise a minimum of $4,500 for cancer research in order to participate.
“Cycling from Texas to Alaska is not an easy thing to do. We see the ride as a humble metaphor for the fight against cancer because riders struggle through hardships on a day-to-day basis somewhat similar to a patient going through treatment. I personally rode on the Sierra route so I endured the heat of the southwest deserts, the mountains and valleys of the Sierras, the unimaginable headwinds of the coast, and the unforgiving hills of the Pacific Northwest. However the pain we endured on the bike was nothing compared to what cancer patients live through. Along the way, we stopped in towns living under the roofs of churches, gyms, occasional campsites, and host homes. In these communities, we gave programs and visited oncologists and cancer patients to spread our mission of Hope, Knowledge, and Charity.”
Texas 4000 was founded in 2004 by Chris Condit, a student who beat cancer himself, and remains the world’s longest annual charity bike ride. Since then, the organization as raised over $4 million for cancer research. This year was the 10th summer that the ride occurred and the first year of a new 3rd route through the Ozarks. Texas 4000 is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization so any donation is 100% tax-deductible. Last year, $0.89 of every dollar went directly to the mission, an unprecedented rate. Funds raised go to cancer research programs at M.D. Anderson and the UT Biomedical Engineering Department, as well as to survivorship services at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The program also serves to educate the general public on prevention and treatment options. If you would like to learn more about the ride, follow Ver’s journey, or make a donation, please visit http://www.texas4000.org/user/profile/10502.
Ver's Testimonial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQMliOX1gZs
Finish in Anchorage (courtesy of KTUU): http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-from-austin-to-anchorage-cyclists-raise-money-for-cancer-research-20130809,0,4653346.story