Luis is a Junior at the University of Washington who is studying medical anthropology & global health and will be applying to Physician Assistant school after his undergrad. In high school he always tried to give back to his community by tutoring students from all around his community as well as hosting a clothes drive for the homeless. After seeing what Josh, Matt, and Nigel did two years ago, Luis was inspired and wanted to continue biking for young adults with cancer. The biggest reason why Luis wants to ride is because of his high school biology teacher and cross-country coach. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the winter of 2013. She is the strongest person Luis has ever met. Most people would take time off their job to recover, but she did the opposite. She would go to her chemotherapy in the morning and then promptly head to class everyday to teach. On the days she would not be able to come to school she would be upset and let us know because of her dedication to her students. She was able to overcome her cancer and go back to her normal teaching schedule and coaching position, helping her girls' team compete in the 4A Washington State Championship. Seeing all of this taught Luis that he can push through the bike ride because of her selflessness and ability to go to work everyday without complaint. He wants to help those people who are diagnosed with cancer have one less thing to worry about in their life and focus on getting better. On top of that this is now Luis’s second ride for Cycle for Charvat and is excited to get the new riders on board as well as inspire more people to join in on this bike ride.
David is a Senior in the UW Department of Chemical Engineering. He’s not exactly sure where the winds of time are blowing him, but he knows he’ll end up owning a coffee shop somewhere near the trees, drawing equations and code snippets on a chalkboard, and drinking Americanos with his friends. Why is David doing the bike ride? Well first and foremost David rides for the late mountain man, Gene Thorkildson. Gene – an actor, a skier, a mountaineer, and an at-home comedian – had a profound impact on David’s life. Though he was unfairly diagnosed with a terminal illness, Gene ran fearlessly in the face of cancer. Until his last day Gene lived to make others smile, and appreciate the little things. It would be David’s privilege to uphold Gene’s legacy.
Cesar Daou is an incoming sophomore studying Chemical Engineering. Cesar, when asked why he wants to Cycle for Charvat, stated, "The reason I am partaking in this bike ride is because raising money for those in need is very special to me. Back in June of last year, as I was contemplating joining the Greek system, I remember telling myself that I would participate in whatever philanthropy my fraternity held. That summer I visited Theta Chi and met Josh, one of the three members that rode across the country for the foundation. As we spoke about the philanthropy, I realized how amazingly ardent the fraternity was in regard to supporting such a wonderful cause. The riders were not simply biking 100 miles. They chose to partake on an arduous adventure understanding that it will inspire those who are sick and who could donate. After speaking with Josh, I was filled with so much joy because I knew that fulfilling my promise to myself would include carrying out one of my favorite hobbies alongside those of dignity and great principles, all to raise money for those who are fighting cancer. For that reason, I am riding for Cycle for Charvat."
Milan Kassa is a junior studying biology at the University of Washington. Inspired by the the accomplishments of previous Cycle for Charvat riders, Milan has decided to hop on the bike and give it a go. In regards to Milan’s resolve he says, “Here at Theta Chi I see an amazing opportunity to raise money for people battling cancer. Being a student at a difficult school myself, I cannot even imagine the challenge of enrolling in class while being diagnosed with cancer. Knowing I can make a difference and help someone by biking down to San Francisco is powerful. I’m especially excited for the experience itself, two weeks on a bike will be hard but I know the memory will last a lifetime.”
Luke is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Washington who plans on studying Business Administration. A year ago, Luke was hesitant on joining the Greek system at UW, but was drawn in by the philanthropic benefits that it has on the greater Seattle community. After hearing about Josh, Matt, and Nigel’s bike ride from Anacortes to Boston where they fundraised and raised awareness for the Kyle Charvat Foundation, Luke was determined to help out in any way he could. Luke is biking for his grandparents overseas who both past away of cancer years ago in the Netherlands. This ride will test Luke’s physical endurance and mental strength as he bikes over 50 miles a day, with some days reaching up to 100 miles, for two consecutive weeks. Luke notes that this ride will be extremely difficult but is also uncomparable to what cancer patients go through on a daily basis. Luke is excited by the opportunity to participate in such an incredible event that will provide many young adults with financial support as they continue to face their battle with cancer.
Gabe is a sophomore studying economics and political science at the University of Washington. He is from West Seattle and attended West Seattle High School. He is extremely excited for this year’s ride for the Kyle Charvat Foundation. One of Gabe’s biggest reasons for joining Theta Chi at the University of Washington was the truly unique philanthropic opportunities provided by the Kyle Charvat Foundation. Being able to ride to San Francisco to help raise money for students battling cancer is an amazing thing that he is fortunate enough to have been exposed to by Theta Chi. The reason this ride is so important to Gabe is because, as a junior in High School, one of Gabe’s favorite teachers in high school Charles Ketler was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the middle of the semester. He was given about a year to live and he died about a year after his diagnoses. Even though the Kyle Charvat Foundation is specifically aimed at helping students with cancer, Gabe still wishes to dedicate his ride to Mr. K and his family. He hopes that this ride will not only raise money for students with cancer, but also raise awareness and concern for all with cancer so maybe we can get a little bit closer to curing this horrid disease that afflicts so many people that we all know and love.