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 and 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 and 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.