Liz Reynolds

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HometownSpringfield, IL
UniversityUniversity of Illinois
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Hi, my name is Liz Reynolds. I was born in Springfield, IL and have lived in only an hour radius of it ever since. I will be graduating this May with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and plan on continuing my education through a dietetic internship program next fall. Health and wellness is my passion, and I’ve jumped at just about every opportunity that has come my way to get involved. From spending a summer living and working on an organic farm, to conducting workshops around campus as a nutrition peer educator, I’ve found I’m happiest when working out in the community to make it a better place. My other passions in life include reading, crocheting, and of course riding my bike. My goal for the next few years is to travel as much as I possibly can, so what better way to start than pedaling my way coast-to-coast of this lovely country.

Personal Statement

It’s extremely rare to find someone these days who hasn’t had a loved one diagnosed with cancer. It doesn’t matter your race, gender, or age, no one group is spared. Though this is the sad reality we live in today, that doesn’t mean it has to be this way forever. I personally have lost too many loved ones to the fight against cancer. When I was ten years old, I lost both of my grandfathers to cancer within the span of one summer. Since then, I’ve had two aunts battle the disease harder than I ever thought possible yet still pass away far too early in their lives. Their premature deaths were my inspiration to join Illini 4000 and do all that I can to prevent such an awful experience from happening to families like mine in the future. I firmly believe in the power of love. If more people are able to put love out into the universe by donating their time, money, or thoughts to those affected by this awful disease and those working to find a cure, we can collectively make an amazing difference.