Sugar Land native joins the Texas 4000 Club
By Karen Daniels
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Texas 4000 has been “fighting cancer every mile” with a bike ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska. In 2004, Chris and Mandy Condit, engineering students at the University of Texas, started this organization that “competitively selects students for their 18-month program designed to cultivate the next generation to lead the fight against cancer.” Chris is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, and so far Texas 4000 has raised 4 million dollars, giving 1 million to MD Anderson Cancer Center this year. The trek to Anchorage is a 70-day, well-charted map, with riders biking one of three routes: Sierra, Rockies, or Ozarks; sharing hope, knowledge and charity along the way.
The application process is almost as strenuous as the bike ride. It’s not solely based on strength. “What matters is your reason.” Jawaid Ali, Sugar Land native and University of Texas senior, says it was the fourth try that was the charm for him. “I did not express my passion enough during the interviews.” Distant relatives and friends of friends had battled cancer, some winning, some losing, but it wasn’t until his close friend, Raheel Momin, was diagnosed with peripheral T cell lymphoma, Jawaid was hit hard. “One day he was fine, and one day he wasn’t.” Sadly Raheel lost his battle. With a renewed sense of passion, Jawaid applied again. He practiced with mock interviews. He articulated his thoughts. He expressed his feelings. And this time he was asked to join.
Texas 4000 requires a lot from their volunteers. Each student must raise $4,500 and ride 1,500 training miles with their team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community, and play an active role in planning within the team. Jawaid will begin training this fall and ride to Alaska in the summer of 2015. “The greatest part is getting to hear the cancer fighting stories.” If you would like to assist Jawaid Ali on his quest to fight cancer, please go to: www.t4k2015.com/donate/jawaid. Or if you’d like to learn more about Texas 4000 go to: www.texas4000.org.
Each rider dedicates their ride to those who have been touched by cancer. Jawaid is riding for: Roshar Ali, Sasin Maknojia, Akil Momin, Beverly Carter, Raheel Momin, and Hanif Maknojia.
If you would like to discuss how cancer has affected your life, Jawaid is open to contact at: jjali88@gmail.
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