Hello Community of Delta Junction,
My name is Vanessa Beltran and I am a third-year nutrition major at the University of Texas at Austin. I am also part of an organization called Texas 4000 for Cancer – the reason behind my contacting you.
Texas 4000 for Cancer is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that started back in 2004. The organization consists of about 90 students from the University of Texas who wish to take a proactive role in the fight against cancer. We aim to spread our three pillars – Hope, Knowledge, and Charity – across the entirety of North America and a large stretch of Canada by embarking upon a 70-day, more than 4,500-mile charity bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. We represent the longest charity bike ride in the world; we ride more than twice the distance that cyclists in the Tour de France ride!
Each member of the team is responsible for logging at least 1,500 training miles the spring semester before we leave; for volunteering throughout the community for at least 15 hours per semester spent on the team (3 semesters total – we’ve been training for a while!); and for raising a minimum of $4,500. We, as the 2014 team, have raised close to $300,000 to date. Virtually all of this money – with the exception of travel expenditures, which we’re doing our best to eliminate completely – will go straight toward the funding cancer research projects at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas.
We want our mission to reach as many people as possible. We do so by splitting up into three routes, each of which consists of roughly 30 team members. The Sierra route breaks west and travels up the west coast; the Rockies route travels through the middle portion of the United States, straight through the Rocky Mountains; and the Ozarks route breaks east and travels through much of the mid-west before cutting west and traveling toward the Canadian border. By going through Delta Junction, the Ozarks team has the opportunity to cycle the entirety of the historic Alaska Highway. The three routes meet up in Whitehorse, Canada ten days before the end of our journey and cross the Alaskan border together.
I am writing to you because I am responsible for securing a host in Delta Junction – one of the cities in which we’ll stop along our journey! The morning of Monday, August 4th, 2014 our team will cycle 107 miles from Tok to Delta Junction where we will spend the night. In other words, we need to find a host to house our team – consisting of exactly 88 UT students – the night of Monday, August 4th. We will leave the morning of Tuesday, August 5th and cycle 80.5 miles from Delta Junction to Paxson.
What are we looking for? In the end, we are looking for a facility of some sort in which we can stay. We are also looking for community outreach opportunities that I think you, the Delta News Web, would be able to help us with. If you believe this is something we can do, I will follow up via telephone to go through the specifics (i.e., address of facility, phone number, ability to provide meals, etc.). The more we get donated, the less we have to spend on travel expenditures; this means more money will go directly toward cancer research. It would be an incredibly meaningful experience for my team to stand at the World Famous Milepost after having biked 1422 miles on the Alaska Highway for the fight against cancer.
My team and I are extremely excited to embark upon this journey. We’re also very excited to see what we can do for the Delta Junction community. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via telephone or email. This is a big deal – it’s okay to have questions!
For more information on our organization’s mission and why each and every member of our team rides, please visit our website at www.texas4000.org.
Yours truly in the fight against cancer,
The University of Texas at Austin
B.S Nutrition in Business | Business Foundations Program Global Track | 2015
2014 Texas 4000 for Cancer | Ozarks Travel Chair
Camp Texas Counselor
UT Steel Pan Ensemble
Food Studies Project | Food Ambassador
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