Brad Beyer

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HometownMcHenry, IL
UniversityUniversity of Illinois
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Hello! My name is Brad and I am a freshman at the University of Illinois. Go Illini! Born and raised throughout Chicagoland, I spent most of my time in McHenry, a northwest suburb of the city. I have a great family and two younger sisters, Shannon and Katie. I am majoring in Biology, and planning on a career in the health professions. Throughout high school, I was involved in many service-based organizations, including NHS and a freshman mentorship program. In addition, I am fortunate enough to live a life of good health. With this in mind, I feel that it is necessary I become involved in helping those in need. While growing up, I used to visit Arizona with my dad and watch the Cubs in spring training. I believe that my time spent traveling as a child marked me as one who seeks out an adventure. Given these two passions, I was ecstatic when I heard about Illini 4000. It sounded like the perfect organization to me, and I have been actively pursuing this feat ever since. In my free time, I enjoy running, being outside, spending time with friends and visiting my family (and my wonderful dogs) when I can.

Personal Statement

I lost my grandfather while I was in the sixth grade. He passed away from multiple myeloma, and it is believed that he developed this cancer as a result of serving in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the U.S. Government to help cut down the dense foliage of the Vietnam jungle. This way it was easier for soldiers to fight on the complex terrain. However, it was later discovered that the substance is actually carcinogenic. Many Vietnam veterans are now suffering as a result of their selflessness and willingness to serve. To me, my grandpa represents what it means to be an American hero. My aspiration is to complete this ride with him in mind, as he inspires me to work hard and to lend out a helping hand.