When she was accepted to Eugene Lang College, Lauren Liberty was prepared to pack her suitcases and hop on a plane to New York City. Instead, she spent 45 days this past summer cycling roughly 2,000 miles with her parents from their home in New Mexico to The New School.
Liberty made the trip to raise money for and awareness of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LSF), a syndrome with which her stepsister, Ashleigh was diagnosed.
“When I agreed to this adventure I didn’t fully understand what came with it,” said Liberty. “It’s probably the hardest thing I have ever done. Being able to do this has taught me so much, and that so much is possible even against all odds.”
LFS is a rare inherited genetic cancer disorder that greatly increases one’s risk of developing cancer. Early detection is key to fighting cancer, and Liberty hopes that her bike ride has helped raise awareness for the roughly 500 families worldwide who are affected by the disease.