My name is Eduardo Brasileiro. As the last name could tell you, I am from Brazil and have now lived in Raleigh, NC for 12 years. I attend NC State University studying Textile Engineering and Applied Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. My true passion in academia is math, and I am logically minded. I love logic puzzles! I also enjoy sharing this knowledge through tutoring. I have been a private math tutor and am currently the head tutor for the College of Textiles tutorial center and an Engineering Ambassador for the College of Engineering at NC State.
In my free time I enjoy endurance sports, including swimming, biking, and running. I have now worked in a running store in Raleigh for over 4 years and love interacting with customers of all fitness levels and helping provide solutions whether for an injury or simply looking for a new running shirt. I have done 3 marathons, 4 half marathons and will have added a half ironman and two more half marathons before Bike & Build next summer.
I heard about Bike & Build from two friends at NC State who participated in the summer of 2009. Having volunteered with Mission Emmanuel in the Dominican Republic several times and loving every minute of it, along with the endurance aspect of B&B, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me. Along with going to the Dominican Republic, I have also volunteered with distributing food to the homeless in downtown Raleigh. A majority of the homeless with whom I have come in contact are severely misunderstood. They just simply need opportunities and many of them are also actively seeking these opportunities. My church also actively believes in helping the community around us, and often speaks about loving the homeless who are right next door to us. For this reason, I believe in raising money for affordable housing and showing love to those who are in need.
I am excited to bike across the country because I just learned how to ride a bike (yes, for the first time ever) last summer and have since become a pretty avid road biker (though slow), and would love to share this passion with other riders for a purpose. I am nervous about flat tires, though I know that there will be support staff and I know how to change a flat, it is just a scary thought to get a flat in the middle of no where. I am most pumped about getting to see the country, there are views that you get to see while on a bike that you just don't see in a car. Not to mention that I have not been any where west of Tennessee other than in airports, so it will be a completely new experience in many aspects. As for who inspired me to do this crazy adventure, it was mostly my friend Timur who rode 2 years ago. He also loves people and essentially lives on a bike now, and his desire to love people is truly inspiring to me and those around him!
|Eduardo has currently raised $4,000.|
That's 100% of his $4,000 fundraising goal.