Some people take a vacation after graduation, and some, like Madison Nasteff, make a difference. After commencement and before starting her job, she’ll be running across the country as part of the Ulman Foundation 4K for Cancer.
“I knew I wanted to travel and see parts of the country that I haven’t seen,” she said. “I figured why not do it on foot? And help some people along the way. I’ll be running from San Francisco to Baltimore, and I’ll be traveling with a team of 30 young adults, which benefits young adults with cancer.
Each individual runner has to raise $4,500, which will go toward helping cancer patients and cancer survivors. “I’m running for my grandfather” Nasteff said. “Cancer touches a lot of lives and this journey will support this awesome foundation.”
A mechanical engineer major, Nasteff will move to Oregon in July and join Nike as a design engineer, where she will combine her passions for running, engineering and design.
“I’ve loved every second I spent at Rice,” she said. “I loved working in the design kitchen to solve problems. It’s been really hard, but really rewarding. Everyone at Rice has their own inspiring story and their own awesome achievements. It feels really great to see the last four years pay off for everyone, and I’m proud of Rice for getting us to this point.”