Texas 4000 College Cyclists Visit Cancer Patients at Ochsner

Pierre St-Jean

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – The team of twenty college cyclists from Texas 4000 for Cancer returned to New Orleans in June to visit the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center. This is the team's fifth visit to Ochsner since 2016. This annual bike ride is the world's longest annual charity bike ride of over 4,000 miles raises awareness and funds for cancer research.

During their visit to New Orleans, Texas 4000 riders gathered with key adult and pediatric oncology physician leaders, sharing experiences about the life-changing work that occurs every day at the Benson Cancer Center. The riders also celebrated Daniel Allemond’s milestone moment. He is an Ochsner cancer patient, an avid triathlete and cyclist that was discharged after a successful bone marrow transplant following a six-year battle against leukemia. The riders and Ochsner staff were lining the hallways for a social distanced clap out.

Texas 4000's Ozark route – one of four 70-day routes departing from Austin, TX – made its second major stop in New Orleans this year. The Ozark route traditionally begins in Austin, Texas, crosses into Canada, and ends in Anchorage, Alaska.

Due to COVID-19 border closures, the route will complete a full circle this year, ending in Austin, TX. In addition to New Orleans, the 2021 Ozark route will visit Jackson, MS; Ozark National Forest, AR; Chicago, IL; Bighorn National Forest, WY; Yellowstone National Park, WY; Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; and Albuquerque, NM.

Students selected for this competitive program raise $4,500, ride 2,000 training miles with a team, and perform more than 50 hours of community service in preparation for the 70-day bike ride.

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