From Austin to Anchorage

Hello! My name is Caroline Suh, and I am a part of a non-profit student organization called Texas 4000.
We are a group of students from the University of Texas at Austin who raise money and cycle 4500 miles from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK to spread hope, knowledge, and charity.
This is my blog for my journey. Please feel free to send me questions or messages!

kyromania:

Texas Ballroom is putting on the FIRST ever Dancing with the Stars: UT on FRIDAY. FRIDAY, GUYS. 

Dancing with the Stars: UT is in partnership with Texas 4000, an organization at UT that has current students bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska every summer to raise awareness about cancer. They are the longest charity ride in the world and I am SO lucky to be able to know someone who is going to be taking part in it this summer. Learn more about T4K over here.

Anyways, this is the OFFICIAL trailer for the event happening THIS Friday! There are other videos of the stars on the YouTube page (which I made….), so check those out!

If you’re interested in learning more/keeping updated with DwtS:UT, like our Facebook page, where it’ll be updated with more training photos and videos. And if you’re in the ATX area, please consider watching the show! If not, donations are MORE than appreciated! :)

yes, shameless plug for my organization, but this is for a GREAT cause and I’m REALLY excited.

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hickshannary:

small-and-misunderstood:

Saw this somewhere else and felt the need to post it cause no one else ever really tells you this stuff

My mom never really noticed. She noticed when she was breast feeding my little brother and blood started coming out instead of milk. 

hickshannary:

small-and-misunderstood:

Saw this somewhere else and felt the need to post it cause no one else ever really tells you this stuff

My mom never really noticed. She noticed when she was breast feeding my little brother and blood started coming out instead of milk. 

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nccancercare:

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women causing 15,000 deaths a year.(Source: Ovarian Cancer Awareness)Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and could often be fatal when detected too late. If diagnosed at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93 percent. The cause is unknown but there are some factors that could increase your risk. Taking oral contraceptive, giving birth and breast feeding are a few ways to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.

Risk factors
Certain risk factors may increase your risk or ovarian cancer. Having one or more of the risk factors does not mean that you will develop it, but your risk is higher than the average woman. These risk factors include the following:

  • Not giving birth
  • Giving birth at a late age
  • Mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2
  • Women who have had breast cancer or have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer
  • Women who take estrogen replacement for five or more years
  • Older women

Symptoms
The most common symptoms for ovarian cancer are hard to classify and are often symptoms to other diseases, so by the time cancer is diagnosed the tumor has often spread. Some symptoms for ovarian cancer are as follows:

  • Bloating
  • Difficulty eating
  • Pelvic of lower abdominal pain
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Digestive symptoms
  • Constipation
  • Increased gas
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sudden urge to urinate

If you are encountering any of these symptoms, notify your doctor as soon as possible.

Treatment
Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.

  • Hysterectomy
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of other ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Examination, biopsy, or removal of the lymph nodes and other tissues in the pelvis and abdomen
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

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Hello!

Before I start, this blog entry is basically going to contain content that isn’t really allowed on my blog on the Texas 4000 website for reasons. This is mainly for me and it’s my view, and it does not represent Texas 4000 as an organization.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but it’s for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason being getting myself into an accident that resulted in two fractured wrists and fractures in my face. I ended up getting two surgeries (one on my arms and plastic surgery for my face), was in the hospital for a week, and stayed at home for about 4 weeks before coming back to Austin and school. Now, I’m doing really well. I have no pain in my arms (and I’m not on painkillers! :D), I’m getting my left cast off in about 4 days, and I’m going to be getting fake front teeth (I lost my top two) by the end of the month.

Now, I’m mainly writing this post because today was a pretty spectacular day. I shaved my head for ST. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave which is for raising pediatric cancer awareness with several other teammates!

When I saw the 2012 riders with their shaved heads last year, I immediately knew that I wanted to shave my head too. I started growing out my hair in order to donate it, and I looked forward to the day. From the point when I saw 2012 riders with their shaved heads, it was almost like my hair was no longer my hair…it was there for the bigger cause and it was growing to help make a wig later on. So it was interesting to hear over and over words like, “You’re so brave to be doing this” and “You’re so courageous.” Yes, I will deal with stares and questions…but if it leads to that dollar that helps scientists make the breakthrough to the key to cancer, it’s so worth it. If shaving my head makes me more approachable to at least one more person, it’s so worth it. If shaving my head makes even one person feel better, it is so worth it.

Now here are some thoughts regarding self-love that aren’t as important as the main points above…

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redcarline:

serazienne:

Today my wonderful roommate Caroline shaved her head with St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support children’s cancer research!  She’s currently working with an organization, Texas 4000, to raise money for cancer research.  Her goal is to get $4000 by the end of May.  You can donate to support her here!!

I can’t handle how supportive my roommates are <3

seriouslyamerica:

Click to Cure:

Research is killing cancer.

CRUK and the Zooniverse team ask for just a few minutes of your time to analyse real life cancer data.

Anyone can do it, and everyone will make a real difference.

Cures are within our grasp and one day we will beat cancer. You can help us to make it sooner.

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kyromania:

Texas Ballroom is putting on the FIRST ever Dancing with the Stars: UT in May this year!

Dancing with the Stars: UT is in partnership with Texas 4000, an organization at UT that has current students bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska every summer to raise awareness about cancer. They are the longest charity ride in the world and I am SO lucky to be able to know someone who is going to be taking part in it this summer. Learn more about T4K over here.

Anyways, I’m on the videography crew for this upcoming event, and I felt like sharing the first official “trailer”/get to know a star because I made this trailer today and I’m really proud and excited about it :)

If you’re interested in learning more/keeping updated with DwtS:UT, like our Facebook page, where it’ll be updated with more training photos and videos. And if you’re in the ATX area around May, please consider watching the show! If not, donations are MORE than appreciated! :)

yes, shameless plug for my organization, but this is for a GREAT cause and I’m REALLY excited.

plainsubtlety:

Staying motivated! #positive

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I’m kind of procrastinating by blogging…so yea, IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I’VE ACTUALLY WRITTEN A BLOG ON HERE. Sorry!

This past Saturday, I rode 46.5miles with the team. Why is this significant? So far this semester, I haven’t been able to ride more than 15miles until yesterday. Even though my legs are sore, I am so happy that I actually completed the entire ride. I was kind of anxious about it at the beginning. I was worried that my knees would start hurting or something. Anyways, I finished the ride!

What I’m mainly blogging about right now is the fact that for the first time…I didn’t feel like a complete failure while riding. I was pretty worried about the ride, so on Thursday (I think?) I did as many squats and lunges that I could. Then while I was riding, going up hills wasn’t as bad. My legs didn’t just lock up, I just kept pushing and pulling, and no matter what I felt…I just kept going.

So yea. I’m going to be doing squats and lunges all the time now. I might just start doing them in the office while I work XD

baldprideproject:

Robin Roberts, Good Morning America host after bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (Preleukemia). She’s also a breast cancer survivor. 

baldprideproject:

Robin Roberts, Good Morning America host after bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (Preleukemia). She’s also a breast cancer survivor. 

The Ozarks Route that I will be riding this summer! :D

I don’t drink alcohol - i’m a boringly responsible guy.

No lie…this is what Texas 4000 has done to me on Friday nights XD

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This is so relevant with today’s ride. Riding downtown today basically sucked XD

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This reminds me of ALL of the fitness chairs telling us over and over to eat breakfast :D

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