VANCOUVER, B.C. – 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

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The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Together with our donors we are changing the outcome for people affected by cancer in B.C. and beyond by connecting personalized care, innovative research and opportunities to contribute. We are the largest funder of cancer in B.C. and every dollar raised stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research, enhance care and break down cancer to benefit the people of B.C.

About Texas 4000

Texas 4000 for Cancer is a non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. Each year a team of dedicated University of Texas at Austin students complete a more than 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska sharing Hope, Knowledge, and Charity along the way. Over the course of their 18-month involvement with Texas 4000, riders train, fundraise, volunteer in the community, and serve in leadership roles to help plan every aspect of the summer ride. The leadership development program culminates in Texas 4000’s capstone event, a 70-day summer ride - the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Since 2004, more than 800 students have completed the ride, raising over $9.7 million and logging more than 4,718,000 miles – fighting cancer every mile. Find us at texas4000.org, facebook.com/texas4000 or twitter.com/Texas4000.