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!
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!
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.
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!
|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|