Josh is a senior at the University of Washington and is majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics. He is also a rider from the 2016 Cycle for Charvat. When asked why he is doing the ride a second time, Josh responded, "Simple, I love to bike, but more than that I love Cycle for Charvat: the charity that it supports, the fraternity that created it, and the people that support it. It's a perfect example of how a good idea, motivation and some hard work mixed together can create something that can inspire and make a positive impact. I also have seen what cancer can do to people. My father was diagnosed on October 2015 and battled through February 17, 2016. I experienced the amount of time and energy that my entire family dedicated to helping him. With this experience, my eyes have been opened to the kind of support and resources that are needed in order to help someone who is ill. I want to ride so that those same type of resources that will alleviate the extensive burdens of cancer will be provided to those who need it."
Matt is a senior at the University of Washington studing Computer Science. He is also a rider from the 2016 Cycle for Charvat. When asked why he is supporting Cycle for Charvat a second time, Matt responded, "When Nigel, Josh and I began planning our cross-country bike ride two years ago, I, alongside my mother and all others concerned in my well being, began to ask, why? I had resonated with the story of Kyle, experienced cancer through loved ones and family friends, and witnessed the effect it had on Josh, his family, and the community surrounding him. However, that did not seem to be enough to push me into complete commitment to our cause. I will be the first to admit that I was the hesitant of our 3,571-mile goal and boarder-line unwilling to follow through. It was not until my father and I listened to a podcast called Spartan Up that I began to rethink things. The podcast included an interview of a man who strapped an 92 lbs. fridge to his back and ran across Europe for cancer research, despite fracturing a femur mid-way through. He did so with the motto: “If I can battle through my hardships and overcome adversity, then so can you”. I have no idea how hard it is to battle cancer, but what I do know is that if I can put my body on the line to inspire people to continue fighting or donate, then I have done right by myself. That is why I want to continue cycling for Charvat."
John is an incoming senior studying Electrical Engineer. When asked why John wanted to Cycle for Charvat, John responded, "Nothing has made me prouder to be a member to Theta Chi than when three of my closest friends biked across the country for charity last summer. Josh inspired me with his perseverance in the face of his fathers passing and exemplified what it means to be a part of this fraternity. This year I want to be a part of the journey and help those who have had their lives turned upside down by cancer. Driving back across the country with the riders from last year opened my eyes to how many people have been affected by cancer and just how thankful they are for our philanthropy. My family has also been affected by cancer when my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010; even though she never smoked a day in her life. Unfortunately we lived overseas and were not there to support her, however she started Chemo the day of her diagnosis to overcome Stage 4 cancer and is still cancer free at age 83. Even though you’re a Coug, I’m riding for you Grandma!"
Kyle is an incoming senior studying Finance & Marketing. Kyle plans on pursuing a career in management consulting after graduation with the goal of someday starting his own company that improves the community he live in. When asked why he is Cycling for Charvat, Kyle said, "I am riding for my grandfather, my great grandfather, and several friends and family that have been affected by cancer. I believe that every student should be have access to medical care so that they can focus on their education."
David is a Junior studying 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, doing math 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. Another reason David is doing the ride is because he thinks that if there’s an opportunity to positively affect others on a scale this big, we should all be jumping on our bikes.
Luis is a sophomore at the University of Washington who is studying Public Health and will be applying to the Physician Assistant school after his undergrad. Luis, the current philanthropy chair at Theta Chi, is falling in love with the motto that the house lives by, 'an assenting hand'. 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 last year, 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.
Anthony Hill, from Federal Way, WA, is an incoming sophomore studying Political Science in the the hopes of becoming a high school social studies teacher and baseball coach. When asked why he has chosen to Cycle for Charvat, Anthony responded, "My reason for doing the bike ride is in 2014 at a rival high school, there was a student named Dom Cooks who was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year of high school. The way that he handled this devastating situation was inspiring to everyone in our city. He persisted to be genuinely kind until the day he passed away and was a role model to everyone on how to live life. I want to do this bike ride to raise money for kids that have cancer because they should be allowed, just like everyone else, to focus on being a student and enjoy youth while not have to worry about whether tomorrow is a guarantee or not. Dom will always be on my mind and I know that during this bike ride he will help me push until the very end and not give up."
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."