My name is Mark Menesses. I’m 22 and currently an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. I will be graduating in May of 2011 with a bachelors’ in nuclear engineering. Before coming to NC State, I spent my time growing up in the suburbs of New Orleans. After a four month displacement in Baton Rouge thanks to Hurricane Katrina, I returned home to finish up my junior and senior year of high school in New Orleans. It was this time that I first got involved in volunteering for affordable housing. My family and I was blessed enough to be able to return to a house with minimal damage. During the remainder of my high school career I volunteered every weekend with Habitat for Humanity.
When I got to NC State during my freshmen year, I attended the on campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This was the first time I heard of Bike & Build. I remember thinking I could never raise $4000 and bike across the country. After a few years at NC State, being involved on campus with the NC State Caldwell Fellows, doing undergraduate research, and helping plan several events, I realized that what is often thought as impossible turns out to be demanding but exciting. It was earlier this year that a friend reminded me of Bike & Build. To me, biking has always just been the best way to get around. I’m anxious to push myself physically and mentally on an incredible ride.
|Mark has currently raised $4,302.|
That's 108% of his $4,000 fundraising goal.