Over the next two months leading up to RIDETZ, we will introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Caroline Rogers.

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1)  Where are you from?

Hi there, my name is Caroline and I am from Lake Bluff, IL, a small suburb north of Chicago. However, over the last two years I have been a bit of a nomad. I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for my undergraduate degree, where I studied Exercise Science and ultimately discovered my passion for physical therapy. After graduation I moved to Philadelphia to attend Drexel University’s three year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. Within the last year and a half, Drexel has provided me the opportunity to live in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Miami and Boston for clinical experiences in addition to the opportunity to volunteer in Guatemala. I am very excited to settle down and make Chicago home again!

2) What do you do for work?

just graduated this month actually. SO, now I will be applying for jobs and studying for the boards exam, which is in July.

3) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy running, spinning, exercise classes, and now biking of course… pretty much anything active!

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4) Who is your inspiration in life?

My parents. Without hesitation. They have empowered my sisters and me to follow our hearts and our dreams. From helping me move all over the country to supporting this wild adventure, their constant support is unbelievable. They not only accept our crazy ideas, but they are all in to help in whatever way they can. Without the constant love, support, and help from my parents, I can honestly say I would not be where I am today.

5) How did you hear about RIDETZ?

My sister Kaitlin originally introduced me to TFFT and RIDETZ. Kaitlin is the most passionate and compassionate human I know. When she finds something she believes in, she goes in with her whole heart, headfirst. Kaitlin serves as TFFT’s Director of Communications and Donor Development.

6) What inspired you to ride this June?

For the past 6 years I have been saying, “I promise I will ride next time”. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the end of my long educational journey than to pay it forward by participating in RIDETZ raising funds to support TFFT’s amazing mission.

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7) Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

Graduation and achieving my dream to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy! To say that education has been a significant part of my life is an understatement. I am deeply saddened to think about children who do not have the opportunity to attain basic education.

My sister Maggie is also graduating this spring from Chapman University, and she will be riding as well! RIDETZ is going to be the ultimate sister bonding, celebration experience for Maggie, Kaitlin, and me ☺.

8) What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

Unfortunately with all the moving around, I haven’t had much time to ride outside yet. However, I am really excited to ride from downtown Chicago up north to Lake Bluff. It is about 26 miles long. My boyfriend, Marc, and I have been talking about doing that for quite some time now. It will make for the perfect weekend activity because at the end we can relax with family and friends in Lake Bluff.

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