Kristina Soetje's Fundraising Page
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Kristina Soetje's Fundraising Page
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Kristina Soetje is a senior at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). In the summer of 2019, she will be traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore, MD to San Francisco raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.

What is your connection to the cancer community?

Through family and friends, I hold several ties to the cancer community. My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away two months before my birth, so I never got to meet him. A few years later, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and beat it both times (amazing!). She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer later on and left the world shortly after, but her strength and her continued love for nature during those difficult times will always inspire me. A family friend no longer with us was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and participated in cancer walks with her husband. During college, I have befriended two wonderful people who were diagnosed with cancer as children. I have met skin cancer survivors, and I’ve made friends with an amazing woman who was assigned to be a caretaker for her mother when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Why are you traveling 4,000 miles this summer with the Ulman Foundation?

As a young adult, if I were to be diagnosed with cancer, I would want myself and my loved ones to have the resources needed to get through it. Young adulthood is already a time of so many life changes, challenges, and experiences, but cancer can delay these and/or make them much harder to go through. Because of that, I want to join this organization that makes life easier for those currently fighting the battle! Plus, the 4K would be the absolute perfect way to fulfill my commitment to service and my dream of going cross-country simultaneously. Being a 4K rider would also open me up to diverse communities across the United States, allowing me to experience the different lifestyles and perspectives of others while making a difference. I would learn about the staff behind the scenes who help cancer patients feel better, the journey would increase my appreciation of America’s natural beauty as we ride west, and I would meet other riders from across the United States with the same passions for cycling and cancer causes as I do!

ABOUT 2019 4K for Cancer

2019 marks the 18th year of the 4K for Cancer sending young adults on journeys across the country in an effort to inspire hope and unite communities in the fight against cancer. The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Foundation (Ulman). Interested in joining the fight? Apply to be a rider or runner a at www.4kforcancer.org

CHALLENGE:

Over 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including fertility preservation, social isolation, lack of insurance, delayed diagnosis, and more. 

SOLUTION:

Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free support services and resources for the young adult cancer community including:

Cancer to 5K - a 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.

Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at cancer centers and remotely through our office) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one support & resources to young adults and their families to help them manage the cancer experience and long-term cancer survival.

Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.

Ulman House - This year Ulman will open a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore. 

Your donation will help make these programs and our mission possible!

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Geeta Shanbhag 07/08/2019 $20.00 Hey Kristina, Congratulations on graduating and on your journey in this experience of a lifetime with the Ulman Foundation! I'm so proud and happy that you've taken this step to contributing to such a good cause, and I can't wait to hear all about it in person when you get back and see you document your journey online :) much love, be safe and keep peddling ;)
Suzanne Soetje 06/05/2019 $25.00  
Deb Borden 06/01/2019 $100.00  
Suzanne Soetje 05/15/2019 $40.00  
Mark Weissman 05/03/2019 $25.00 Good Luck!!! We are all cheering for you and what a great cause.
Marquita Mitchell 04/25/2019 $20.00  
Bonfire 04/09/2019 $27.96  
Michael Daugherty 02/14/2019 $25.00 I'm so proud of you Kristina! Everywhere you go, you make the world a better place!
The Kelehan Family 02/13/2019 $25.00 Great cause. Enjoy your ride!!
Tracy Kuhn 02/13/2019 $20.00  
Gear Getter 02/13/2019 $4.88 Ooooh here comes your gear money
Laurie McNerney 02/13/2019 $25.00 Good luck and be safe.
Filemon De Las Alas 02/12/2019 $25.00 Go Kristina!!!
Sheralyn Brown 02/10/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 02/09/2019 $100.00 Good luck, Kristina!
Tre Thomas 02/07/2019 $50.00 Good luck!
Julie Yankaskas 02/06/2019 $20.00 I'm so extremely proud of you and all that you are accomplishing!!! Love you Little!!
Susan Daugherty 02/05/2019 $50.00 Keep up the great work!
Suzanne Soetje 02/04/2019 $20.00  
Suzanne Soetje 02/04/2019 $10.00  
Lauren Gray 02/03/2019 $50.00 I did 4K last summer and it was the most positive experience I have ever had. You are going to have an amazing time. If you have any questions or just want to talk feel free to reach out!
Courtney Colson 02/01/2019 $15.00  
Fred & Sue Soetje 01/31/2019 $100.00 You're moving on up
Teresa Moore 01/30/2019 $20.00 Good luck!
Mr & Mrs Gallo 01/26/2019 $50.00  
Fred & Sue Soetje 01/26/2019 $130.00 Ka-Ching!
Lisa Davis 01/21/2019 $50.00 Thank you, Kristina.
Suzanne Soetje 01/21/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 01/20/2019 $15.00  
Michele Gallo 01/19/2019 $50.00 Good luck and have a safe trip!
Allison Basiley 01/19/2019 $20.00 Keep fighting the good fight, Kristina!
Super Sage 01/19/2019 $250.11 Blah blah wisdom. Blah blah bikes. Get ready for wicked tan lines. Go forth and effect change by means of humanity's greatest invention. Oh. And have fun!
Yolanda Crespo-Hassan 01/14/2019 $50.00 Kristina I admire your tenacity in this endeavor!!!
Christopher Messer 01/13/2019 $5.00  
Doogie Happytails 01/12/2019 $50.01 Woof Woof
Michael Berwald 01/12/2019 $30.00 Yo Waddap
Suzanne Soetje 01/11/2019 $45.05 bubble bubble!
John Xu 01/05/2019 $50.00  
Pamela Sherry 12/04/2018 $50.00 Thank you!
Erick Soetje 11/29/2018 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/13/2018 $50.00  
Morgan Peyou 11/12/2018 $101.00 Go get 'em Kristina!!!!
Raymond Xu 11/12/2018 $18.95  
Anonymous Friend 11/12/2018 $108.00  
Spike Soetje 10/08/2018 $10.00 Twinkle, twinkle little star!
Djuana Young 10/08/2018 $100.00  
Nikki Donboli 10/04/2018 $50.00 Nikki and Desmond wish you the best time and lots of fun on your adventure <3
Anonymous Friend 09/25/2018 $85.00  
John Oconnell 09/20/2018 $50.00 Hope you have a great experience Kristina. Best of luck, Bridget, John, Isabel and Neave O'Connell
Anonymous Friend 09/20/2018 $50.00  
Ryan ONeill 09/18/2018 $50.00  
MAURICE BROWN 09/17/2018 $100.00  
Bobby Syed 09/16/2018 $50.00 Wish you the best in your Journey!
Lynn Wharton 09/15/2018 $20.00 Good luck!!
Lorraine Siejack 09/13/2018 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/13/2018 $20.00  
Amanda Hernandez 09/12/2018 $25.00  
Fred & Sue Soetje 09/11/2018 $11.00 meow
Anonymous Friend 09/11/2018 $7.00  
Sarah McGann 09/10/2018 $50.00  
Kim Dexter 09/08/2018 $50.00  
Viola Compton 09/07/2018 $50.00 We're proud of you Kristina!
Anonymous Friend 09/06/2018 $100.00  
Annalouise Soetje 09/06/2018 $150.00 Enjoy the rid of your life!
Suzanne Soetje 09/06/2018 $20.00  
Elizabeth Logan 09/05/2018 $50.00  
Chris Dautel 09/04/2018 $50.00 Best of luck on the trip and be careful!
Matthew Urso 09/04/2018 $50.00 Good Luck Kristina!
Sammy Siegel 09/03/2018 $20.00  
Sultan Jamey 09/03/2018 $50.00 Great job!
Mark Urso 09/03/2018 $20.00 We can't believe you have the time for this ;-) Wow!
Fred & Sue Soetje 09/02/2018 $1,000.00 You go girl!
John Xu 08/29/2018 $69.00 Haha, nice
John Xu 08/29/2018 $100.00 Kristina is a really sweet soul that means well and I'm very proud that she got in
Kristina Soetje 08/27/2018 $100.00  
  Total $4,757.96  
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