Hopkins 4K for Cancer

The mission of Hopkins 4K for Cancer is to unite communities across the country in the fight against cancer by spreading awareness, raising funds, and fostering hope.


July 19, 2007

by Michelle Samson
Today was probably the least eventful day of the 4K, save the MREs – to be explained.

We decided that biking out of the bustling Las Vegas was too dangerous. And shuttling just outside of the city would leave riders unsupported by the vans for the rest of the hot day. So we shuttled everyone to First Baptist Church in the desert of Indian Springs. All 26 bikes and riders (we lost Ian to med school L ) made it in several van trips.

Despite the bummer of a riding day, the host was wonderful. Pastor Glenn welcomed us and treated us to more baked goods than we could eat, and the church’s pool and foosball tables kept us entertained until dinner. Pastor Glenn had given us boxes and boxes of MREs (military-issued Meals, Ready to Eat). Everyone sat around the table, ripped open packages to discover deliciously preserved foods, learned how to activate the heater to cook the meals, traded side items and desserts, and generally praised the brilliance that is the energy of our military. Some menus were better than others (Sloppy Joe was a winner; the egg and cheese omelet not so much), but everyone went to bed full and content.