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."